Tips for the Best Colorado Fall Drive & Family Adventure

You just can't beat Fall color in Colorado!  When those Aspen trees turn brilliant gold, and contrast against the Rocky Mountain evergreens... it's a breathtaking sight to behold.  Here's my "Insider List" of where the locals consider the best Colorado Fall drive.  Plus my tips on exploring a bit off the beaten path, and how to keep your kids excited about this awesome family outdoor adventure. A year-round outdoor lover, I'd have to say that fall is my absolute favorite season in Colorado.  I've polled the experts, and seen many of these for myself.  Here's my Insider List of best fall drives. Top 5 Colorado Fall Drives NORTHERN - Trail Ridge Road, Rocky Mountain National Park CENTRAL - Kebler Pass, part of the West Elk Loop that ends in fun ski town Crested Butte CENTRAL - Grand Mesa Byway (My favorite! More on this below), 45 minutes from Grand Junction SOUTHERN - Last Dollar Road, from Ridgeway to Telluride, both awesome mountain towns DENVER AREA - Guanella … [Read more...]

Why You Need to See Colorado in the Fall

A year-round outdoor lover, I’d have to say that Fall is my absolute favorite season in Colorado.   The Fall colors in Colorado showcase a breathtaking mix of golds and greens, as the Aspen trees start to change color and contrast against the pines. There are numerous driving routes through the Colorado Rocky Mountains, available to behold this Fall splendor.  There's also an extensive trail system available for exploring, as the state is filled with outdoor lovers who love to go hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, and 4x4 off roading. Here are some ideas on best bets for accommodations, keeping your kids excited about the adventure, my favorite Colorado scenic drive, and when to come visit. Colorado ~ Where To Stay First off, what are your options for accommodations?  Well, I say go native.  And by that I mean... embrace a nice cabin with a fireplace and hot tub, if  you can! If you’ve never staying a luxury lodge style cabin… you are in for a pleasant surprise.  … [Read more...]

6 Things To Love About Fall

It's not a hard season to love.  And if it didn't herald winter on it's immediate haunches, I'd reckon many would say it's their favorite time of year.  Since I finally live somewhere that actually has 3 months spent in each season, as God intended (no offense, South Dakota)... I absolutely love Fall!  Here are some of my favorite things about it. Pumpkin Spiced Anything     Either Starbucks has changed their #PSL (ridiculously priced Pumpkin Spiced Latte) recipe to include a nearly inconsumable amount of flavoring, or I've gotten too old to handle it.  Don't get me wrong... I still order one from time to time, because they are pretty fantastic.  But that's because of my overall pumpkin addiction. Pumpkin muffins, pumpkin cheesecake, pumpkin lattes, pumpkin pie, pumpkin buttermilk pancakes (for real - check that recipe out!), burning pumpkin scented candles.  Can't. Get. Enough. New Episodes of Favorite TV Series I don't watch that much TV, and had … [Read more...]

Fall in Colorado (…and Finding a Lost Love)

One could argue that the combination of Aspen trees turned golden, interspersed with evergreens, against the back drop of the Rocky Mountains is one of the most beautiful sights offered up by nature. Behold Fall in Colorado! From my valley home location, I can literally gaze up and do a visual check of the Fall color level on the ginormous, nearby Grand Mesa.  It was clearly peaking.  So it was clearly time for my family to head up last weekend and soak it all in.   As you drive up the Grand Mesa Scenic Byway (Hwy 65), you'll pass the Powderhorn Ski Area.  Shortly after that, on your right will be a rest area and fairly large parking lot pull off, at the base of a cleared hillside. This is what locals call "Old Powderhorn", the site of the original ski hill, turned  to the very-fun-yet-somewhat-treacherous sledding hill of today.  There's a scary disclaimer sign with death and paralysis warnings.  No life threatening ice and snow last weekend, though... and this is a great spot … [Read more...]