There is simply no better place to be in the fall, than in Colorado. The changing aspens and frosty morning air gets you in that fall mood faster than the best pumpkin spice latte.
For a week in September my parents made the drive from Indiana all the way to Colorado to experience the fall with us! They had never been in the mountains so it was a special experience to share that with them.
We didn’t do a lot of filming. We wanted to be in the moment with them without having to worry about getting good shots or coming up with talking points. We did do some pretty amazing things though, and took a lot of pictures.
On day one we hiked the perimeter trail around the town of Ouray. The rain didn’t stop us from enjoying the view of the town or the cascading waterfall at the end. We even saw a gorgeous rainbow. After that, we took a drive to Yankee Boy basin. The road got a bit rougher than we expected, especially in the rain, but it was so fun!
It was great being parked in an RV park right in downtown Ouray. The bathrooms were exceptional and we could walk to all the restaurants and shops. We especially loved Backstreet Bistro and The Outlaw restaurants.
On day two we took a longer drive on the Milliondollar Highway to Ophir Pass into Telluride. We checked out Bridal Veil Falls, ate grilled cheese sandwiches, and rode the Gondola to the top of the mountain. On the way back to Ouray we took Last Dollar Road. All of the sights were breathtaking and the trees were just beginning to change.
Day three was one of my favorites of their whole trip! We visited the ghost town of Animas Forks and jeeped up Engineer Pass. There were two switchbacks that were pretty scary, but other than that, it wasn’t a bad ride. (My mom might disagree with me on this one! lol) The views above timberline are like no other. The landscape was very desolate, but the weather was perfect, not a cloud in the sky. There is a little log cabin at the end of Engineer that is just breathtaking. My Dad LOVED that cabin. We drove through the town of Lake City and enjoyed a shore lunch on the bank of a river, than it was back to Ouray on Cinnamon Pass. On the way back we spotted some moose! We have been dying to see some, and can check them off our list!
The next day we made our way to Crested Butte to check out the fall colors. Along the way we stopped at The Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. Once we got to Crested Butte the aspen trees were really starting to pop! They weren’t all changing yet, but still VERY beautiful. We checked out Keebler Pass, Ohio Pass and toured some wineries. We discovered a chocolate wine sauce that is just… there are no words for how good it is.
We were sad to see them head back to Indiana, but we made some amazing memories and I can’t wait to get them back out west!
Right after my parents left, Gerrit’s parents arrived and we were able to spend some quality time with them as well! Dave is the one who sparked our love for Colorado, so it was a blast to explore the aspen groves with him. We saw some great color, beautiful sights, and ate some great food!
Penny and Dave also shuttled Gerrit and I up to the start of the single track for the 401 trail. We didn’t do the entire trail, but the views were well worth it!
And of course Gerrit and I saw a ton of Elk, right after my Dad left… We also heard some Elk bugeling from our campsite. I finally captured a picture of a fox too! We have seen a few but were able to get some photos of this one.
Wheww! That was a lot for one blog post! Thanks for sticking with me. 🙂 We miss our family already and are getting excited to see them all over the holidays.
Lindsey, Gerrit, Oakley and Ella