This trip was actually a few weeks ago around my birthday. And around my friend’s birthday… in fact it was her birthday trip, but I went a little bit for me too. A sunny mild fall day in Colorado at peak Aspen color? Get real.
On our way out to Salida, a small mountain town with some awesome festivals throughout the year, the views alone are worth the trip. Wilkerson pass is one of my favorite passes, you slowly rise up and hit this incredible surprise view on a massive mountain range beyond a vast flat valley. It was one of the strongest memories I have from visiting as a kid, this valley covered in a sheet of snow. We wandered around some paths at the rest stop…
On the way into Salida there is a sneaky tire swing behind a fence. It’s worth the barbed wire dodging, it has to be the most incredible tire swing view ever, a line of 14ers behind, just enchanting.
And the grass itself was so photographic.
Had to stop by the local cute antique store.
Grab a couple pints. It’s Colorado, you always have to try the beer!
Drove over to some open space near Buena Vista to take a color hike. For some reason it started off with shotputting some rocks?
And senior posing in this field of gold…
Hipster artsy on the stumps
This was a magical spot, the light was hitting this clump of golden aspens just right and it literally was glowing!
Found ourselves an old cabin off the beaten path.
And some creepy bones in a firepit… Then we headed back instead of taking out changes with some crazy forest dweller.
SO MUCH FALL! I took a million photos, it was glorious and gorgeous and whimsical.
Our weekend didn’t end there, but the lovely pictures did as the sun set. If you are ever in the area make sure you check out the Mt. Princeton hot springs, where you can actually sit in a rocky mountain stream (ice cold) in the rocky pools of steaming natural hot springs. Another favorite experience from vacations as a kid!
I just can’t get enough of fall!