Good Adventure: See the Changing of the Aspens

2011 September 20
by David Schlichter

Grab your camera and head to the mountains--it's time for the changing of the Aspens.

There are few more picturesque times of the year in Colorado than the early fall as the aspen leaves change colors.  Bold bursts of yellow and gold erupt amidst brown and green backdrops to create stunning, euphoric views.  But the moment doesn’t last long–after only a week or two the leaves are on the ground, the cold begins to set in, and snow is soon to follow.

For a Good Adventure, go see the aspens–soon!  According to 7News Chief Meteorologist Mike Nelson, that the best time to view them in northern Colorado is from September 20-September 30, in the Central mountains starting five days later, and in the southern mountains starting at the end of the month and going until the 10th of October.  Lots of people have their secret spots where they like to go to see the fall colors, but if you don’t know where to go, Mike has put together a list of 22 Good places to view the fall colors.  The Colorado Tourism Office also has a Good Aspen Viewing Guide, which is easy to use and also includes scenic and historic railroad lines.

In the words of Edward Abbey, “It is not enough to fight for the land; it is even more important to enjoy it. While you can. While it’s still here. So get out there and hunt and fish and mess around with your friends, ramble out yonder and explore the forests, climb the mountains, bag the peaks, run the rivers, breathe deep of that yet sweet and lucid air, sit quietly for a while and contemplate the precious stillness, the lovely, mysterious, and awesome space…”

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