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Posted by Ballpark Frank ( on 21:07:37 12/19/16

In Reply to: Vote for Hoot posted by Hoot


There is one particular area down near Panguitch in Utah, where we drove for at least 10 or 15 continuous miles in solid aspen grove.

I remember the area around Slumgullion Pass in western Colorado (north of Lake City as I remember) being kind of an aspen treasure trove. One summer, we Jeeped from Silverton east to Animas Forks, and on over to Lake City. There is so much great great off-pavement driving in the Colorado mountains! One of my faves is the triangle, where you can go from Silverton to Telluride to Ouray and back to Silverton and only be on pavement for a couple miles. There is a lot of outstanding exploration to be done up in those hills. I'm recalling Black Bear Pass, Imogene Pass, Ophir Pass, and Yankee Boy Basin.

All this remembering about fall colors and southwest Colorado has me wondering if the area around Mesa Verde gets colorful. I know there is Gambel oak in places out there. I remember being at Canyon de Chelly in autumn once. I recall hoofing it down to the canyon bottom, and having some nice color near some of the ruins. That might have been aspen, but more likely cottonwood.


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