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Colorado Fall Colors Near Beaver Creek

Colorado Fall Colors Near Beaver Creek

Colorado Fall Colors Near Beaver Creek

There are quite a few famous places to view fall colors in Colorado- the Peak to Peak highway near Nederland, the Roaring Fork Valley, which Aspen and Snowmass call home, Crested Butte, and the Dallas Divide between Ridgway and Telluride immediately come to mind.

I’ve often wondered what lay on the north side of the Holy Cross Wilderness near Vail and Beaver Creek. While the east side of the wilderness is heavily traveled by people seeking to climb Mount of the Holy Cross and the south side of the wilderness is often visited for its legendary off-roading, I didn’t know what to expect for the more remote northern side.

This past weekend, Jen, Keetna and I headed up to Edwards, CO (in the Vail Valley near Beaver Creek) to celebrate Jen’s new job and see if we could discover a new hiking location to check out Colorado’s legendary fall colors.

We spent Saturday visiting downtown Edwards and eating some great Italian food at Zino before relaxing in our hotel’s hot tub.

On Sunday morning, we headed up to the East Lake Creek Trail to see some fall colors. Snow had fallen on Friday, providing a striking backdrop for the prime aspen colors.

The road on the way up to the East Lake Creek Trailhead-

A beautiful property near the boundary of the Holy Cross Wilderness-

Hiking in to view fall colors-

Jen and Keetna enjoying the hike-

As we moved off of the northern aspects, sunlight illuminated aspen leaves in their peak fall colors-

Keetna and I-

Fall colors in the Holy Cross Wilderness-

Berries in the snow-

Aspen leaf-

East Lake Creek-

Peak Fall Colors in the Holy Cross Wilderness near Beaver Creek-

Jen and Keetna taking a rest-

Jen, Keetna and I in Holy Cross Wilderness-

On the way out, we saw this rare sage grouse, almost perfectly camouflaged-

One final shot looking out into Holy Cross Wilderness on our way back to Edwards-

We ended up hiking for about six miles. The entire area is beautiful and doesn’t seem to see much traffic. There’s a lot to explore, and I’d love to get back in the summer for a multiday backpacking trip to explore deeper into the Holy Cross Wilderness.

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