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30 Spectacular Fall Adventures in Colorado

09.15.17

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  • Fall color on Kebler Pass. - 30 Spectacular Fall Adventures in Colorado
  • Fall color on Kebler Pass. - 30 Spectacular Fall Adventures in Colorado
  • View up the Conundrum Valley from Castle Creek Road. There is a popular trailhead here.- 30 Spectacular Fall Adventures in Colorado
  • The View Hotel in old Ashcroft.- 30 Spectacular Fall Adventures in Colorado
  • Main Street in Ashcroft.- 30 Spectacular Fall Adventures in Colorado
  • Pearl Pass from the end of Castle Creek Road.- 30 Spectacular Fall Adventures in Colorado
  • North end of the Last Dollar Road.- 30 Spectacular Fall Adventures in Colorado
  • Sunrise with a view of Wilson Peak (14,252 ft), Lizard Head, and other peaks from Last Dollar Road.- 30 Spectacular Fall Adventures in Colorado
  • One of several aspen groves along Last Dollar Road.- 30 Spectacular Fall Adventures in Colorado
  • Ragged mountains behind aspen along Last Dollar Road.- 30 Spectacular Fall Adventures in Colorado
  • Sunset over a carpet of leaves on Last Dollar Road.- 30 Spectacular Fall Adventures in Colorado
  • View just after sunset along the Dallas Divide Scenic Route.- 30 Spectacular Fall Adventures in Colorado
  • Late afternoon view of aspen and ragged peaks.- 30 Spectacular Fall Adventures in Colorado
  • Great view of Sneffels Range.- 30 Spectacular Fall Adventures in Colorado
  • Beaver Lake is just outside of Marble.- 30 Spectacular Fall Adventures in Colorado
  • Crystal Mill.- 30 Spectacular Fall Adventures in Colorado
  • Crossing the Slate River. - 30 Spectacular Fall Adventures in Colorado
  • Smooth singletrack on Strand Hill. - 30 Spectacular Fall Adventures in Colorado
  • Strand Hill Trail.- 30 Spectacular Fall Adventures in Colorado
  • Open meadow along the Gore Creek Trail. - 30 Spectacular Fall Adventures in Colorado
  • Open meadow during the ascent to Gore Lake. - 30 Spectacular Fall Adventures in Colorado
  • Beautiful views from the shores of Gore Lake. - 30 Spectacular Fall Adventures in Colorado
  • Blasting through the golden aspen groves on the Mill Creek Trail.- 30 Spectacular Fall Adventures in Colorado
  • The forest glows with golden hues along the Mill Creek Trail.- 30 Spectacular Fall Adventures in Colorado
  • Aspen leaves blowing in the wind along Red Sandstone Road.- 30 Spectacular Fall Adventures in Colorado
  • Don't forget to stop and see the scenic overviews along the Bankers Tank ride.- 30 Spectacular Fall Adventures in Colorado
  • Hunter Creek Trail intersects Hunter Valley Trail.- 30 Spectacular Fall Adventures in Colorado
  • Looking back toward the Elk Mountains. If you look closely, the Maroon Bells are at the left edge of the far mountain range.- 30 Spectacular Fall Adventures in Colorado
  • Looking northwest down the Roaring Fork River Valley.- 30 Spectacular Fall Adventures in Colorado
  • Reading the trail signs at the Tenth Mountain Bridge.- 30 Spectacular Fall Adventures in Colorado
  • Maroon Bells at sunrise.- 30 Spectacular Fall Adventures in Colorado
  • Peak fall color near Aspen.- 30 Spectacular Fall Adventures in Colorado
  • View of Maroon Bells from Maroon Creek Road.- 30 Spectacular Fall Adventures in Colorado
  • Peterson Cabin near the Meadows Day Use Area in Sylvan Lake State Park.- 30 Spectacular Fall Adventures in Colorado
  • Bull moose along the West Brush Creek Trail.- 30 Spectacular Fall Adventures in Colorado
  • Sylvan Lake.- 30 Spectacular Fall Adventures in Colorado
  • Biking the scenic East of Aspen Trail.- 30 Spectacular Fall Adventures in Colorado
  • Paraglider coming in for a landing near the East Aspen Bike Trail.- 30 Spectacular Fall Adventures in Colorado
  • Awesome double waterfall on the South Fork Mineral Creek with willows starting to turn yellow at the end of the summer.- 30 Spectacular Fall Adventures in Colorado
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As if we really needed another reminder that Colorado is a beautiful place, each year Mother Nature embellishes the Rocky Mountain landscape with color that must be seen to be believed. The meadow grasses mellow into a fine beige and the understory brush flames into crimson, but the headlining performance is indisputable: In the fall, the high country belongs to the aspen. The distinctive and vibrant golden leaves of the aspen are an icon of the changing season. And thanks to the fact that this species grows in colonies, with each tree a visible extension of a single underground network of roots, Colorado's mountain sides, valleys, and basins become a stage, and we are treated to color performances that appear almost choreographed. A jagged and toothy peak gets its first taste of snow as a colony of tremulous aspen send their golden leaves into the blue sky like some new species of autumn butterflies. One couldn't stage it any more perfectly, and yet it is there, every year, but for a limited time only. 

Aspen leaves blowing in the wind along Red Sandstone Road. Photo by Stefan Myers.

Indeed, the spectacular season flies by, and before you know it the brisk winds have whisked traces of color from the landscape in what feels like a preparation for the winter snows. Don't let the show pass you by this year! Get out there and find your slice of autumn in the Rockies with a hike, a mountain bike ride, an scenic drive, or best of all, a few nights out under the stars. We've assembled a variety of adventures showcasing some of the wonderful Colorado colors this time of year, so consider this a starting point for crafting your own itinerary. Just be sure to get out there soon, and let us know how about your experience by sharing some photos when you return!

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