Happy Fall! Welcome to the season of cozy sweaters, plenty of plaid, and warm apple cider!
Although very brief, fall in Colorado is spectacular, as all the aspens transition from green to yellow.
There’s a joke we enjoy around here that Colorado has 12 seasons – Winter, Fool’s Spring, Second Winter, Spring of Deception, Third Winter, Mud Season, Actual Spring, The Pollening, Summer, False Fall, Second Summer, Actual Fall.
False Fall is where we naively believe we’ve made it out of the upper 90s and low 100s, and entered into the cooler temperatures. Actual Fall is the one week where the temperatures actually cool down, and the snow hasn’t yet arrived.
And we were lucky enough to be in town for one of the best weekends.
We woke up early to beat the crowds and headed to Georgetown, where you’ll find the start of Guanella Pass, also known as the Colorado Scenic Byway. And the name does not lie.
Aspens of all shades of yellow dance down the sides of mountains, weaving through the never changing evergreens.
Drive a little farther along the road, and you’ll come upon the prettiest little stream,
And an abandoned building that seems like it was placed there specifically for its picture-worthiness.
Continue along to more gasp-worthy moments.
Until you reach an opening behind the trees,
Where the views open and reds and oranges join the scene.
A sweet little path takes you right along the rippling river, where you can really take in the expansive landscape.
As you head back out towards the road, don’t forget to stop for a moment and look up. If only to remind yourself of how great, big, and grand nature really is.
Sadly, Fall in Colorado is short-lived and much of our fall colors have already passed (the 50-degree temperature drop and snow didn’t help). If you’re lucky enough to live in a place with actual seasons, be sure to get out and peep! And be grateful the fall oranges, yellows, and reds stay with you for longer!