Colorado Fall Foliage (Chalk Creek Canyon and St. Elmo)

Colorado is ablaze in autumn colors ...
September 19, 2014 - Late September is a sure winner for those seeking fall foliage glory in Colorado's high country. One particular are that I enjoy each year is Chalk Creek Canyon in Chaffee County. (From Nathrop, travel west on Chaffee County Road 162 into the mountains.) For the upper part of the canyon, I'd say the fall colors are nearing its peak. There is plenty of foliage to enjoy.

If you like what you see on my page, I invite you to visit my fall foliage page and website Happy leaf peeping!

Colorado Fall Foliage
The sunlight shines perfectly on aspen trees.

Photos and videos by Steve Garufi in Buena Vista, Colorado. Facebook - Twitter - Pinterest - YouTube

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Mount Princeton, Colorado


My first photo was taken while traveling west on Chaffee County Road 162. Mount Princeton is the biggest mountain out there.

If you need directions, it's easy: Find Nathrop on Highway 285. Then go west on County Road 162. (You'll also see signs for St. Elmo and the Mount Princeton Hot Springs.)

Aspens Fall Colors Autumn Foliage in Colorado Many aspen groves are teeming in color. :)
Autumn Foliage A few trees with orange leaves on the roadside.
Chaffee County Road 162 The farther I went in the canyon, the more autumn colors I saw.
Colorado Aspen Leaves Fall Fall Colors in Colorado My all-time favorite composition is to be looking up at aspens with the sunlight shining brightly.

Other fall foliage pages in this canyon/region:
  • Chalk Creek Canyon (2006)
  • Cottonwood Lake (2007)
  • St. Elmo (2008)
  • St. Elmo (2013)
  • Chaffee County Road 306 (2014)
  • Colorado Fall Foliage Oh yes, it was as bright as it looks in the image. :)
    Fall Colors Tour

    Fall Foliage in Colorado

    Fall colors along Chaffee County Road 162
    Colorado Fall Foliage

    Aspens Fall Foliage

    The top photo is my favorite.

    So much golden yellow foliage happening!

    Some of my mountain climbs in this part of the Sawatch Range:
  • Mount Antero
  • Boulder Mountain
  • Fitzpatrick Peak
  • Peak 13078'
  • Mount Princeton
  • Mount Shavano
  • St. Elmo, Colorado

    St. Elmo, Colorado

    St. Elmo, Colorado

    St. Elmo, Colorado

    Three images of St. Elmo, a ghost town.

    Please visit my website dedicated to this neat place:


    Peacful aspen grove.

    Fall foliage on Chaffee County Road 162.

    Golden leaves on those aspens.

    Mountains and a few roadside colors.

    St. Elmo.

    Aspen leaves are not too shabby.

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