Fall Colors 2014
Saturday & Sunday, September 27-28, 2014
Since we had seen some early fall colors in the San Juan Mountains last weekend, we decided to head over into the Elk Mountains this time to check on the fall colors there for my annual Fall Colors weekend. I planned to visit a few locations I have been to before and then try out a few new ones. We left early Saturday and took a late morning drive along Kebler Pass and over Ohio Pass before turning around and heading back out the same way. We then drove over McClure Pass and found a campsite along Prince Creek near Carbondale before continuing up along Capitol Creek to catch the sunset over Capitol Peak (14,130 feet). While there was a little nice evening light when we first arrived, a storm cloud moved in from the west and blocked any light for the rest of the evening. When the sun was down we drove back to camp in the dark. I was expecting it to start raining overnight based on the weather forecasts, but was happy to wake up for sunrise to dry conditions. We caught the sunrise from a nearby location with a beautiful view over Mount Sopris before returning back to camp and taking down our tent. Just after loading everything back into the Jeep it finally started to rain- it was perfect timing! We took another drive back up to McClure Pass and stopped for a few photos along the way before returning to Carbondale for an early lunch at White House Pizza. After lunch we had an uneventful drive home in the rain.