I and and some other guys rode our motorcycles through the Cripple Creek area to view the fall Aspen colors.
We took Interstate 25 south to Colorado Springs, then US-24 through Woodland Park before turning south on Colorado highway 67 just west of Woodland Park.
We could not have asked for better weather. Warm temperatures and clear blue sky's. The Aspen were in their prime and the fall colors were spectacular.
The road was packed with other sight seers. Every turn-out was full of cars and motorcycles and people taking pictures. We made a lot of pictures stops ourselves.
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The fall colors typically follow a north to south progression, beginning in the north and spreading to the south in response to shorter days. The color display begins in the higher elevations and works its way down to lower elevations and the planes. Northern Colorado typically starts to display fall colors in early September with southern Colorado and the lower elevations in late September or early October. Warm sunny days with cool crisp nights tend to yield more brillant colors.
Cripple Creek use to be an old gold miners camp dating back to the 1890's. It was incorporated in 1892 and is 1 of 3 legalized gambling towns in the state. The Cripple Creek area sits in an ancient Caldera formed by volcanos some 35 million years ago. Mud flows from those volcanos are what created the fossil beds south of Forissant Colorado. We ate lunch at one of the Casino's before continuing our ride past the Gold Mine and Victor.
The Cripple Creek & Victor Gold Mine just south of town is the largest producer of gold in Colorado. It is an open-pit mine; the gold is extracted using a technique called a leach stack.
We turned north at Woodland Park on our way back and rode through Deckers and Pine Valley. The Hayman fire burn area appears to be recovering though fire damage is still plainly visible.
This was a thoroughly enjoyable ride and a real treat.