There are so many pluses awaiting the outdoors person during the fall Colorado landscape change of scene. None, however, equals the mystic, constant color change occurring among the striking aspen …
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There are so many pluses awaiting the outdoors person during the fall Colorado landscape change of scene. None, however, equals the mystic, constant color change occurring among the striking aspen groves and the nightly cooling of the small high mountain streams.
The evolution of the aspen tree colors brings a wave of observers to the mountains. Many are those who chase trout who experience an opportunity missed.
Small streams suggest brook trout, that frisky and colorful small stream trout that becomes more active in the fall. The same period the sky glows with the gold, rust, orange and mixture of brilliant colors of the aspen leave. The gradual process of both natural occurrences offers observers a chance to enjoy both events if we miss the early or late changes.
Let me suggest while you may feel you have missed the prime period Colorado Color change. Maybe you have not?
The water-rich tributaries of the upper South Platte River basin crisscross South Park providing fishing and public access worth seeking out. This expanding valley from Kenosha Pass northwest to Salt Creek Pass above Buena Vista is one of the closer viewing and small-stream angling destinations where visitors will see colors still in transition for just a bit longer and ample small stream fishing in the cooling waters.
Jefferson, Michigan, Terral, Middle Fork and South Fork streams all provide cooling snow melt brook trout water. US 285 will find South Park in less than a two-hour drive from the Front Range. Division of Parks and Wildlife fishing maps and agency brochures will guide anglers to state campgrounds and parking access. Park County Road maps will open aspen viewing consider within the top 10 view regions in Colorado.
Make plans soon for a drive to South Park. The sights and the streams are calling.
Outdoorsman and Westminster resident Ron Hellbusch can be reached at Ron-Hellbusch Comcast.net
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