Zeb the Duck Travels the Cache la Poudre Scenic Byway

Autumn in Colorado is beautiful.   Today let’s drive one of Colorado’s scenic byways.   From Denver we drive north to Fort Collins then the scenic byway through Poudre Canyon and into Waldon, Colorado.   The Cache la Poudre River flows through Poudre Canyon.

Poudre la Cache River

This is a beautiful canyon.   We drove through this tunnel.

Tunnel through mountain

Tunnels are fun to drive through in our mountains.   We love the Cache la Poudre River.

Cache la Poudre River

Mom, I am almost cut out of this photo.   Watching and listening to water is very soothing for ducks and humans.

Cache la Poudre River

The only purpose for this blog post today is to show you how beautiful Colorado is this fall.   Our drive started at a rather low elevation in Fort Collins, just under 5,000 feet (1,524 m).   So leaves had not yet started to change colors.   But we go into the mountains and over Cameron Pass at 10,276 feet (3,132 m).   The leaves change colors at higher elevations first.

Gold aspen in Poudre Canyon

We love our golden aspen.   And we love the colors along the Cache la Poudre River.

Fall colors by river

And yet another photo of colors on the mountains.

Autumn in Colorado

Finally I, Zeb the Duck, am back in the photo.

Zeb with aspen leaves and mountain

These beautiful leaves are duck yellow.   The green and red add variety and I love the mountain shape here also.   I told mom we had enough photos of aspen turning gold, but around every curve in the road, we had to stop to take another photo.

Autumn in Poudre Canyon

So much beauty here.   Coming out of the mountains, we enter North Park.

North Park

A valley between two mountain ranges.   Remember last time I told you we have North Park, Middle Park, and the famous South Park.   Here is the town of Walden, Colorado.

Walden, Colorado. Moose Viewing Capital of Colorado

Walden is the Moose Viewing Capital of Colorado.    Northern Colorado is not overly populated and the roads are not crowded.   We thought we may see moose, but this is the only moose sighting today.

Our only moose sighting today

As we left town, about an hour later we saw antelope and later a deer.   Moose must come out closer to sunset.   Maybe next time we will see moose.   But it was a beautiful drive.   We hope you are enjoying fall colors in your area.

Autumn Colors Near Denver in 2018

I, Zeb the Duck, take mom and some friends to the nearby mountains and also in the Denver, Colorado area, to view the colors of autumn.   You have to see some of what we have seen so far.   Kenosha Pass has thousands of aspen trees.

Yellow aspen with evergreen trees.

And they turn the mountainside a vibrant yellow.   Some aspen turn red for a few days also.

Variety of colors all together

We love seeing the less common bursts of red leaves.   One day at Kenosha Pass, we watched this family of moose.

Moose family near Kenosha Pass

We and many other humans were fascinated by these moose.   Another reason we love Colorado.  Another day we headed to Echo Lake.

Echo Lake with reflection

We love our mountain lakes.   Echo Lake is at the entrance to the road to Mt. Evans.   We took you there a few weeks ago.   Continuing past Echo Lake, the autumn road looks beautiful.

Gorgeous aspen and energetic biker.

There is an energetic bicycle rider on the road also.   I, Zeb the Duck, wanted to see these leaves up close.

Me, sitting in aspen leaves

So, here I am, sitting on aspen leaves.   On this trip, we drove from Blackhawk to Nederland on highway 119.

Colors of fall with mountains behind

The colors of changing leaves caught my attention with the Rocky Mountains behind.   And one of my favorites, a group of red aspen.

More red aspen

We love driving through the mountains admiring the fall colors.   But, the leaves don’t only turn in the mountains.

Fall colors with mountains behind

Beauty right in town.   This was a beautiful clear day with new snow on the continental divide.

Spectacular view today

The fresh snow is so pretty.   Now I wanted to look up through the leaves and see that beautiful blue Colorado sky.

Looking up

Isn’t it beautiful?  Colorado is famous for the quaking aspen and the beautiful yellow, gold and red leaves in the mountains.   But here in town, we have other types of trees.

Love red leaves

The red maple tree is  beautiful sign of fall or autumn in the city.   If summer must end, this is a beautiful farewell to the summer days.

Colors of Autumn near Denver 2014

Today, Tuesday, was a beautiful fall day in Colorado. I, Zeb the Duck, was in the car with mom as she drove around town doing errands.

Fall colors with mountains behind

Fall colors with mountains behind

We stopped to take some pictures, but I did not get in any photos.

Spectacular view today

Spectacular view today.  New snow on Continental Divide.

Just scenery shots today. These photos are northwest of Denver, and probably within 5 miles of downtown Denver.

We love to see this every day

We love to see this every day

We like to show you the beauty of Colorado.

Street in Denver suburb

Street in Denver suburb.  We love the snow capped mountains.

These trees are turning colors and as you can see, most of the leaves are still on the trees.

Looking up

Looking up

The fall mums add more color for the season.

Bright mum planted on a street corner.

Bright mum planted on a street corner.

A few more photos near Indian Tree Golf Club in Arvada.   JB Duck’s dad and his friends have golfed here.

Indian Tree Golf Club

Indian Tree Golf Club

Pond and fountain near Indian Tree Golf Club

Pond and fountain near Indian Tree Golf Club

The sky is so blue.

Golf courses are pretty

Golf courses are pretty

Leaves turning and blue sky

Leaves turning and blue sky

We have not had a hard freeze or heavy snow yet, so the leaves have not been damaged.   So far, the snow and freezing temperatures have been limited to the mountains. Tuesday was sunny and 70 degrees. Wednesday, as you read this, we expect to reach 80 degrees with sun again.  We encourage you to look for fall colors and enjoy the colors of autumn everywhere.

 

Red Aspen

Autumn in the Rockies means gold aspen leaves.

Golden aspen along the road

Golden aspen along the road

I, Zeb the Duck, and Soapy Smith Duck saw these red aspen trees this week.

Combination of red, gold, green and evergreen trees

Combination of red, gold, green and evergreen trees

We don’t usually see so many red leaves, so we were so excited.  Mom took these photos but she did not put us in the trees.

Colors of fall with mountains behind

Colors of fall with mountains behind

Thanks mom. We don’t like to be in trees, just to look at them.

Red aspen

Red aspen

We hope you see the fall colors.   Don’t wait too long.

We loved this fence by the aspen trees

We loved this fence by the aspen trees

If you are in Colorado you will love our aspen, evergreens, oak bushes and others.

More red aspen

More red aspen

If you get a day with the bright blue Colorado sky and some mountains in the background, it will be perfect.

A mix of Colorado fall colors

A mix of Colorado fall colors

We had some clouds for these photos, but we still love them.  We were on Highway 119 not far from Black Hawk going to Nederland, Colorado.    Some areas of our Rockies have a new dusting of snow.   We hope you enjoy this season.   We do!