I’ve spent the last two weekends up in the high country around Winter Park, Colorado. The snow is long gone, the bright blue skies offer plenty of sunshine, the streams have receded into crystal like clarity and the weather is perfect.
This is the best time of the year in the high country. While the front range bakes in 90+ degree temperatures the weather up high is in the mid 70s falling into the high 40s at night. Between now and October 15th each week will bring out something new all with fewer and fewer people as kids return to school.
The monsoon weather of this time of the year may get you a few thunderstorms now and again, but the upside is the magnificent abundance of wildflowers that populate the mountainside. Given the harshness of the winter up high it is amazing the delicate vibrant flowers can make it from season to season. Go early, be prepared and dress in layers, the later all to well known for those of us who live here.
So, get out!! Hike, bike, fish, play a round of golf, or open a good book. It is good for the soul.
Photo: A view of the continental divide from the 5th fairway Meadows Course at Pole Creek Golf Course, Tabernash, CO. Taken by me on my iPhone.