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Fall colors update, no dogs on Mueller State Park trails, Ring the Peak Discovery Tour

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Fall colors on Kenosha Pass - BOB FALCONE
  • Bob Falcone
  • Fall colors on Kenosha Pass
One of the best things about living in Colorado is the colorful seasons here. Wildflower season starts in April and continues through August, followed by the fall colors season, starting in September. Like the signs on the highways say when you enter the state, Colorado is indeed Colorful.

 Fall colors season is underway in the high country, with aspens already changing on Boreas and Kenosha Passes, and other areas along US 285 — about 100 miles west of Colorado Springs. On a trip out there early this week, I observed clusters of gold aspens, but still lots of green areas. It seems as though, this year, the colors are peaking and fading pretty quickly — at least in that area — so you may want to act quickly and head out there this weekend to make the most of the colors.

Barring a sudden deep freeze, the next week should make for good color viewing along Highway 67 from Divide to Cripple Creek, and in Mueller State Park, where about 25-percent of the aspens are changing, reportedly. There isn't too much happening in the Colorado Springs area right now, but you can expect things to move along pretty quickly.

You can find my tips about fall colors photography in my earlier column: How-to: Fall colors photography

National Public Lands Day

September 30th is National Public Lands Day, which mean entrance fees to all National Parks and Monuments are waived for the day. Nearby Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument is a great place to see the fall colors.

No dogs on Mueller State Park trails

While the test period for dogs on some trails in Cheyenne Mountain State Park was a success, the test period didn't go so well in Mueller State Park. In a news release from Colorado Parks and Wildlife, numerous problems such as dogs chasing wildlife, owners not picking up pet waste, dogs on other than designated trails and conflicts between park users were cited as some of the reasons the park deciding to bar dogs from trails.

The Ring the Peak Discovery Tour

Part of the on-going study to close the 8 mile gap in the RTP trail system continues with a guided hike with the Friends of the Peak on September 30th.

Happy (colorful) Trails!

Bob Falcone is a retired firefighter, photographer, hiker, college instructor, business owner and author of Hiking Bob's Tips, Tricks and Trails, available via his website. He has lived in Colorado Springs for 25 years. Follow him on Twitter (@hikingbob), Facebook (Hiking Bob), Instagram (@HikingBob_CO) or visit his website (Hikingbob.com). E-mail questions, comments, suggestions, etc to Bob: info@hikingbob.com.

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