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Fall for Foliage in Colorado

Carrie Rasak

Posted on October 27, 2019 16:00

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Colorado has its own flavor of autumn that made this Midwestern girl very happy!

I originally hail from Michigan, which is renowned for its fall foliage and various autumn activities, including cider mills, pumpkin patches, and corn mazes.

picture from a local Detroit news station

Having spent the last several years in Southern California and Texas, I had missed fall foliage. Apart from occasional trips to Gold Country CA, I hadn't had the chance to really experience it. Fortunately for me, this wonderful mountain landscape includes aspen trees once you get to a high enough elevation -- generally about 9,000 ft. Aspen trees turn a rich golden color, resulting in some beautiful fall foliage!

One thing that threw me a bit was that in Michigan, fall foliage happens later in the season, typically early to mid October. By the time we got up to Mueller State Park to leaf peep in late September, it was already the tail end of peak color. No matter, though, as it was still an amazing landscape.

Other fall activities here include apple orchards, with cider available for purchase, and pumpkin patches, just like back home. We set out on a different weekend for those so we could bring the dogs along, as they're not allowed at Mueller State Park. Unfortunately, due to summer hailstorms damaging much of the apple crop, many orchards were already sold out of their crop for the season. We were able to check one out and get some fresh apples and cider, and as a bonus our dogs got lots of pets.

After that, we headed into Canon City, which has an adorable downtown and a Carnegie library. The original building has some extensions built around it and has been restored to its former glory.

We finished off the day with Tunnel Drive, which is actually a hiking trail rather than a road and winds along a river and the Royal Gorge Railroad.

It continues to amaze me how much there is to see within Colorado Springs itself, not to mention everything there is to explore within about an hour's drive. I definitely need infinite amounts of vacation time to properly explore. 

I enjoyed seeing what Colorado has to offer -- and now that it's cold and snowy, I definitely miss the sunny days of just a couple of weeks ago!

Carrie Rasak

Posted on October 27, 2019 16:00

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