Gold Season: 5 Places for Fall Color Viewing
Gold season in Telluride is one of the best times of the year, with vibrant colors and beauty that never gets old (really, though). An occasional gold season treat occurs when early-season snow blankets the canyon in the midst of leaves changing to gold, orange and red. The snowstorm we got on Sunday and Monday came at a perfect time for this. The box canyon woke up to a valley covered in the perfect color combination. This is nature at its finest; there’s nothing more magical.
The Gondola: Our beloved gondola- the first and only free public transportation system of its kind in the United States- offers 360 degree views of Telluride and Mountain Village. Look down on the valley of Telluride, or over towards the infamous Wilson range, and you are sure to see miles and miles of fall foliage. You can also use it as an access point to the many hiking and biking trails on the ski resort.
Trout Lake: Head south on Highway 145 for about 25 minutes, and you will see Trout Lake on your left. From here, you have sweeping views of the Blackface Ridge, Pilot Knob, Goldenhorn, Vermilion Peak and Sheep Mountain. Head up on the earlier side of Gold Season, as the colors turn faster.
Last Dollar Road/Pass: If you want a quick look of the valley holding Telluride, as well as the landscape of Mountain Village, drive up the Airport Road. Pull over at any point, and look behind you to see the stunning beauty that is Telluride. Keep going and drive over Last Dollar Road (stay to your right where the road forks), and experience breathtaking views of Wilson Peak, or the historic ranch from the original “True Grit” featuring John Wayne. Four-wheel drive is not required, but I would recommend it.