Aspens in the fall

Aspens in the fall

I was recently alerted that the aspen are at peak by the Crested Butte Facebook page, so what did I do?  I packed my bags and got in the car for a road trip.  Packed up the dogs too and decided to make it a cheap weekend by camping.  What a beautiful drive it was from the Denver area to Crested Butte.  Upon arriving into town we discovered a qualifying 100 mile mountain bike ride for Leadville was occurring and I got to capture some of the riders coming down gothic road with the aspen around them. Bonus! Autumn AspenWe picked a camp site along Gothic Road and got set up for the evening.  Funny enough we had to share our site with cows!  The cows were out to pasture and they liked our camp site.  At least they are harmless and our dogs left them alone.  We did lots of stopping along the route for photos, so we were hungry and tired.  Off to town to grab a bite and then call it a night. Up an aspen trunkSo might I suggest if you have some time in the next few days to maybe a week that you get up into the mountains and explore the aspen.  They don’t last long, but they sure are beautiful! Snake River in fallThe next day we drove into town for some coffee and then up the other side to Kebler Pass.  I had been to Kebler and Ohio Passes earlier in the summer and I knew they were flooded with aspen.  I had never before seen such an aspen forest, so we ventured off the dirt road to find the scenery.  We were not disappointed as the aspen put on a beautiful show for us!  We ended up doing a hike through the aspen forest off Ohio Pass to see the Beaver Ponds.  That was well worth the short hike as I got to see the foliage reflected in the ponds!  Beautiful.