Colorado’s Fall Colors Are Here (But Will Soon Be Gone)

September 29, 2020
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Autumn air turns the aspens gold in West Chicago Creek outside of Idaho Springs, Monday, Sept. 28, 2020.

The rites of fall are off balance this year, thanks to the pandemic. School? It feels like a chaotic mess. Football? Well, sorta. But fall foliage? Yes. Colorado delivers yet again with the epic contrast of golden aspens and deep green pines.

With an afternoon to spare I drove up Chicago Creek where the sights were spectacular, and then towards Georgetown and Guanella Pass where carpets if Aspen leaves are already on the forest floor and many branches already bare.

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Autumn air turns the aspens gold in West Chicago Creek outside of Idaho Springs.
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On the way to West Chicago Creek campground.
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Chicago Creek glistens behind gold aspens.
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In the West Chicago Creek valley.
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West Chicago Creek above the campround.
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At Georgetown's Alvarado Cemetery, Monday, Sept. 28, 2020.
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Georgetown's Alvarado Cemetery.
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Motorists coming down to Georgetown from Guanella Pass get up close and personal with a family of Big Horn Sheep, Monday, Sept. 28, 2020.
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Autumn air turns the aspens gold above Georgetown, Monday, Sept. 28, 2020.
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Autumn air turns the aspens gold above Georgetown Reservoir, Monday, Sept. 28, 2020.