Fall Colors of Colorado’s Guanella Pass with the Colorado Traveling Ducks

Huge clusters of golden aspen leaves against the bright blue Colorado sky is one of our favorite sights.   Today we drove from Grant, Colorado on US Highway 285, across Guanella Pass to Georgetown, Colorado.   First stop was at Geneva Creek.

Beautiful colors at Geneva Creek

Beautiful colors at Geneva Creek

And looking down Geneva Creek, ducks and humans feel so peaceful.

Water is soothing and beautiful

Water is soothing and beautiful

While the leaves are the feature for today, the granite Rocky Mountains are always an impressive sight.

Rugged rock

Rugged rock

Hearing water as we drive, a stop to admire these rapids was inevitable.

Cascading water sounds wonderful

Cascading water sounds wonderful

Around each curve in the road, the view is spectacular.

Around each curve is more beauty

Around each curve is more beauty

Perhaps Zeb and Soapy Smith Duck add a little to the scene.   Nature is so magnificent.   Mountains and horses seem to belong together in Colorado.

Mountains and horses.

Mountains and horses.

Further along, down another less traveled road, we found “our picnic grounds”.

Duck Creek Picnic Ground. For us?

Duck Creek Picnic Ground. For us?

The wind was strong enough that we blew off the sign for Duck Creek Picnic Ground.   Gold, orange and red leaves dominate during the autumn, but the evergreen trees offer a beautiful ground cover.

Pine needles

Pine needles

Still climbing up, above timberline, we reach the summit area of Guanella Pass.

Guanella Pass area, above timberline.

Guanella Pass summit area, above timberline.

It is chillier up here and windy, so Zeb and Soapy Smith Duck must be extra careful.   Even the low bushes provide color.   The Rocky Mountains have so many secrets.   Here is an unusual feature that caught our eyes.

Amazing feature

Amazing feature

Heading down the mountain, we marvel at the huge expanse of gold aspen trees.

Yellow aspen with evergreen trees.

Yellow aspen with evergreen trees.

Storm clouds to the north are forming.

Storm clouds. Snow for the northern mountains.

Storm clouds. Snow for the northern mountains.

The northern mountains will receive some snow tonight.  But in the Denver area, we will still enjoy warmer days with no snow or freezing temperatures yet.   Various stages of changing leaves is wonderful.

Variety of colors all together

Variety of colors all together

Admiring yellow and orange leaves with a background of green foliage, we are approaching Georgetown now.

Georgetown, Colorado

Georgetown, Colorado

The colors were wonderful, but now we will head back home.   But, first a little time in one of our favorite mountain towns, Georgetown, Colorado.   We hope you are also enjoying the varying colors of autumn.

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