Fall Cattle Drive

Cattle drives are a common scene here in the valley. A valley rich in ranching history. Many of these families have weathered generations of harsh climate and tough work.  As the weather changes, the cattle is herded down valley, where the altitude is lower and the snow doesn’t accumulate quite like it does in the Butte. In cities, cars cause the traffic, in mountain towns, cattle do. Hundreds of vocal cows travel the roadways with ranchers on horseback and cattle dogs in tow. The horses hooves on the asphalt, mixed with the cowboys whistle, and mooing cows make a song of its own genre. Twice a year it’s our alarm clock as the drive comes right outside of our house, provoking our dogs instinct to herd. You may remember scenes from the summer drive a couple of years back; Colorado Cattle Drive. The photographs below were captured during the start of Fall on a day that was better suited for a duck! The rain was heavy and constant, leaving the animals and ranchers drenched.

Ranchers driving cattle to lower elevations for the winter season. Colorado. ©Victoria Lise 2018.
Fall Cattle Drive
Cattle dog accompanies Cowboy on a Colorado Cattle Drive. ©Victoria Lise 2018.
Friends in the Herd
Cattle cause traffic during a cattle drive in a small Colorado town. ©Victoria Lise 2018.
Traffic Jam
Ranchers driving cattle down valley for winter. Colorado. ©Victoria Lise 2018.
The Journey Down Valley

Hope you all are having a fantastic week!

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Happy Trails♥


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6 Comments

  1. Love these pictures! I obviously never personally seen something like this with my own eyes but looking at these pictures I feel like I’m there!

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    1. Thanks so much, Sarah! It was just a couple of years ago I saw one for the first time, so interesting, and different from where I grew up! I’m so stoked the photos gave you a sense of the experience! Hope you’re having a wonderful week! ❤️❤️❤️

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  2. Debi Walls

    I’m gonna see that one day my darling Victoria thks for making the world aware how many beautiful things there are in this world ♥️

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    1. Yes you are!! Thank you for sharing in the joy and good tidings xoxo

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  3. I was caught in the middle of a cattle drive shortly after moving to Colorado. What an experience! I definitely knew I was Out West! Great post!

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    1. Thank you so much, Denise! I relate! I was blown away when I saw one for the first time and on the highway at that! It’s a treasure to witness and photograph too!

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