It’s always amazing to me how fast autumn comes around. Summer is just a whirl and suddenly one day you wake up to a dusting of snow on the peaks and the next day it seems that overnight the aspens have started to change.
Just yesterday we noticed how the line of color is creeping down from treeline already.
I love living in a place where we get to observe the changing of the seasons!
I do love summer and all of it’s energy, but autumn is my favorite.
Maybe because it happens so fast and is so fleeting.
Maybe because you can see the changes happening every day.
It definitely has something to do with the amazing place that we live….the bluebird skies, the warm days when you can’t soak up enough of that amazing Colorado sunshine, and the cool, crisp, starry nights.
But I think fall to me is so special because of all the contrast and opposites that remind us that everything in life is constantly changing.
A reminder to enjoy every moment for what it is and to go with the flow.
Hiking is one of my favorite fall activities. The weather is great for getting out into the high country and enjoying the subtle changes and a quite moment.
Our favorite family hike that we do every fall is the Interlaken trail near Twin Lakes, just a short drive from Buena Vista. The views are breathtaking, especially in the fall when the aspens are changing. The trail is suitable for all ages and the kid’s love having a destination, the historic Interlaken (“Between the Lakes”) Resort.
If you are coming from the front range and looking for a great drive to see the aspens, we suggest coming to Buena Vista! You can take either I70 to Leadville, or 285 through Fairplay. Either way you will drive through beautiful aspen groves on the way. Stop off in BV for lunch at the Eddyline Restaurant…and of course stop in Sundance & Friends to see what’s new. From there, take Cottonwood Pass over the continental divide to Crested Butte, or take Independence Pass to Aspen. Or, better yet, stay a night at the Surf Chateau along the banks of the Arkansas River and make BV your base camp so you can do both!
Fall Events and things to do in Buena Vista
Not into a Half Marathon quite yet? Also offered are a 10K, 5K and a 1 mile Fun Run!