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Fall in Love with Our Colors
- Created: 15 July 2018 15 July 2018
While summer is in full swing, snow is the perfect time to start planning your fall getaway to the Colorado Rockies. Our yellow aspens, blue skies, green pines, and white fluffy clouds will make you want to stay.
When I first moved to Creede, winter was well underway. The aspen trees had long dropped their yellow leaves. The white limbs were there to tease me about the visual I had missed out on. You see, growing up in the DC area, fall is full of vivid reds-I wanted to see some yellow! Upon spotting my first yellow leaf in mid-August, I was giddy; I’m going to see the aspens change, and all in my backyard! When the Aspen leaves were at their peak, I was mesmerized by their intense yellow colors. My roommate and I loaded up in his truck, dubbed “The Candy Striper”, and into the mountains of Creede, we ventured, accompanied by Lionel Richie’s Greatest Hits (a fifty-cent thrift store find and the only music “The Candy Striper” would play). The journey began with a drive up Miner’s Creek. It had just snowed so there were puddles left behind from where the snow had quickly melted. The reflection of the trees in the puddles motivated me to snap some photos. Upward we went and cut over to Rat Creek. Everywhere I looked there was yellow, green, blue, and white (from the clouds, not the snow). This fall will have been ten years since that epic adventure, and I often look back on those photos fondly. The memory of that day is one that will stay with me for eternity.
This September, make sure to enjoy the colors for yourself. If you prefer to drive on paved roads, the Silver Thread Scenic Byway is the way to go. The 117-mile drive from South Fork to Gunnison will provide you with countless photos opportunities, especially as you’re crossing the Continental Divide. You’ll be able to capture the intense colors, and may even spot some wildlife; moose, big horned sheep, and deer are often spotted along the Silver Thread Scenic Byway.
Mark your calendars for September 15 for the annual Cruisin’ the Canyon Car Show. Each year, Main Street Creede is lined with classic cars. From Main Street head north to the Underground Community Center and enjoy the hard work of the Creede Quilter’s Guild. These ladies work so hard they can only showcase their work every other year. Be sure to bring your wallet, there will be a quilt that you must have.
Creede is the place to enjoy the fall in Colorful Colorado. Bring your camera and come to it see for yourself. The memories will last a lifetime.
Come and stay for the week! This year South Fork is putting together a ColorFest weekend September 22-23. Details are coming soon and will be updated on the South Fork Visitor’s Center web page. Contact us today to book your week-long stay and Fall in Love with our Colors.
Our vacation rentals in South Fork, are a beautiful 20-minute drive along one of Colorado's twenty-six scenic byways from Creede. Whether you stay in Creede or South Fork you'll be close to all the September action and amidst beautiful fall colors. Contact us TODAY to book your September getaway and Fall In Love with our Colors.
August 3-5; Rock & Mineral Show; Creede, CO
August 3-5; Rhythms on the Rio, South Fork, CO
August 25-26; Headwaters Music Festival, Creede, CO
August 31-September 3, Labor Day Celebration, Creede, CO
September 14-16; Crusin' The Canyon Car Show, Creede, CO