We missed leaf-peeping this year due to our trip to France. We had a very early snow in the high country that ended the colors pretty quickly. So, I’ve had to settle for looking at photos from years past.
This is one of the most vibrant aspens we saw last year! Growing up we mostly saw pine trees, the forest fires and beetle kill have quickly changed Colorado’s high country landscape. We see a lot more aspen trees – they thrive in the higher elevations. The average lifespan for them in flatland is only 13 years.
It’s always fun to stumble upon a pretty waterful while leaf-peeping!
More lovely golds!
See how the aspen are starting to fill in where the pine trees are dying?
Pockets of gold everywhere!
This view is our all-time favorite place to end our leaf-peeping tour. It’s Panorama Point, at 8,200 feet above sea level you can see mountain ranges from over 100 miles away! It’s one of the most breathtaking views in Colorado!