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Post Posted: Sep 12, 2017 5:20 pm 
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Hi,
I realize it is early in the season, but I was wondering if anyone could recommend a spot for fall leaves. My wife's birthday is 9/15, and we are thinking of taking a drive to see fall colors. Also, not to make it too difficult, but we are not really interested in driving for hours to get there. For example, does anyone know if Kenosha pass leaves are turning?

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Post Posted: Sep 12, 2017 8:15 pm 
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Kenosha Pass is changing pretty quick. Lots of yellow and should peak out in the next week or so. :)

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I was up to Summit Lake on Mt. Evans yesterday, and the colors were beautiful


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Here's where we're taking day trips this fall:

Boreas Pass is nice if you want to get off the pavement. It's easily passable by all cars. It connects Como with Breckenridge. Very pretty.

Another cool place to go is St. Elmo, a ghost town (with a general store that's open). It's a little rough in places, but easily passable by car. It's a dead end between Nathrop (south of Buena Vista) and the Tincup Pass road (now impassable). Fun to get out and look around the town. It's at the base of Mt. Princeton (which happens to be where my dream property is that my lottery money is going to buy! :lol: )

Cripple Creek and Victor are my second favorite places to go. South of Woodland Park, it's paved all the way. You'll want to stop at all pull outs!

We are also taking a day trip (long day) to Crested Butte where Kebler and Ohio Passes start (you need exact directions for where to turn west from Crested Butte). My avatar is from there. Spectacular, the third most beautiful place, IMO. It connects Crested Butte (north of Gunnison) to the Paonia Reservoir on highway 33 (paved), which you take north towards Marble and Redstone (beautiful, interesting towns to stop at) up to Glenwood Springs. It will be a long, long day for us, but definitely worth it.

My very favorite place that we can't go this year requires at least one overnight stay is HWY 550. It is between Montrose and Durango, aka the "Million Dollar Highway". Spectacular, lots of history, but not a road for the faint of heart. It's "paved" all the way, but is narrow with deep curves and has steep drop offs with no guardrails. You go through the tiny towns of Ouray and Silverton, the best towns in the state, IMO.

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I like Guanella pass (from Grant to Georgetown). It is close by, easy to drive (now that the road has been improved) and beautiful colors.
I usually leave Bailey in the morning, drive to Grant, then over the pass, have lunch in Georgetown and then come back the way I came.

Or for a longer day (especially if I have guests unfamiliar with the area) I'll return via I70 to Idaho Springs, then take the road to Echo Lake, then to Squaw Pass Road to Evergreen for an early dinner and then back to Bailey.

BTW, the train ride loop in Georgetown goes through some pretty country too.

Guanella pass typically peaks on the Autumnal Equinox (plus/minus a few days). But I was told yesterday that there is quite a lot of color already.


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The Alpine restaurant has the best pizza I've ever had: https://www.alpinerestaurantgeorgetown.com/

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aspenleaf wrote:
The Alpine restaurant has the best pizza I've ever had: https://www.alpinerestaurantgeorgetown.com/


I just called and they have a gluten free crust available, too. Yippee!!
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Thanks aspenleaf & CooknThyme! Some great routes.

I grew up in Ohio. Spectacular fall colors in NE Ohio, but perhaps my all time favorite was when we camped at Watkins Glen in early October for a Formula one race. This year I "have to go" to a nephew's wedding in Copper Harbor, the very north of Michigan's UP at the end of this month. It should be wonderful.

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Does anyone have a current report on the colors at Kenosha Pass?

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From photos I saw from yesterday, it's gorgeous.

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aspenleaf wrote:
Tincup Pass road (now impassable).

What do you mean by that?
We were just on it the pass to Tincup and there was no snow.


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It was blocked with a berm some years ago.

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