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Things to do in Colorado: Fall Color Drive – Guanella Pass

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Colorado is a great place to live!  One of the most beautiful things in God’s creation is seeing the change of the seasons.  One of my favorites is the fall, when the trees turn from their lush green color to gold, orange and red.  On this stop, we are going to take a look at one of the best places to see the fall colors, Guanella Pass.  This is an easy day trip from most Northern Colorado locations. You can get to the pass either coming from Georgetown on the north side or from the town of Grant to the south.  The best time to go is mid to late September when the Aspen trees are at their peak colors.  Nestled among the evergreen trees, the luminescent colors of the Aspens make the mountainsides look like they are on fire.

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The pass is all paved and there are no steep drops off the side of the road so it is a comfortable and safe ride even for the most timid.

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At the top of the pass, just above the tree line, you’ll have a grand view of Mt. Bierstadt.  As you can see in the photo, on September 24th there was already snow on the ground and the temperature was in the upper 30’s above 11,000 feet.  So be sure and bring proper clothing for the elements.

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Some of the best views can be taken from the many stops along the pass where you can get out and hike and be among the trees.

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So grab your family and friends, your camera and spend a great day in the beautiful mountains of Colorado.  Best of all, it’s free as there are no fees to drive the pass.  If you’re up for it, there are numerous camping sites along the pass so you can make a weekend of it.  Check the Forest Service page for reservation and fee information on the Guanella Pass Campground as well as the multiple designated and dispersed camp sites along the way.  Enjoy!

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