Originally posted October 1, 2014
On the last weekend in September, Ken and I headed up to our favorite mountain area: Crested Butte, Colorado. We’ve been there for powder days in winter and for wildflower fireworks in summer, but autumn definitely had some sizzle in store for us.
I’m usually verbose in blog posts, but this time I thought I’d let the photos do the talking. All I can say is that it’s worth the five-and-a-half-hour drive from Boulder to get to this Shangri-la of the Rockies.
Kebler Pass, just above Crested Butte, boasts the largest aspen grove in the state, but in most spots the aspen hadn’t yet started to change colors. There were vistas on Kebler Pass, with more to come the first week of October, I think. With the right timing, fall is insanely gorgeous there. You can take Ohio Creek Road from Gunnison to Crested Butte. (Or, you can also get to Ohio Creek Road from Kebler Pass.) One great reward is seeing the Castle Mountains from that road.
The road up to Gothic displayed some pretty impressive foliage. We were among the many cars that kept pulling over to the edge to snap photos. (That’s right: while leaf-peeping, it’s entirely spossible to encounter traffic jams!)
For tips on scenic mountain drives around Crested Butte, visit the Gunnison–Crested Butte Tourism Association.
—Laurel Kallenbach, leaf-peeper
Related posts about Crested Butte:
- Eco-Eats Along Colorado’s Fall Color Trail
- Whet Your Alpine Appetite in Crested Butte, Colorado
- Say Goodbye to the Grump: Crested Butte’s Vinotok Festival
- At Play in Colorado’s Wildflower Capital
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