Monday, December 4, 2023

A splash of fall in Vail

Aspens and mountains from the
Betty Ford Alpine Garden

As autumn turns into winter, I thought you might enjoy a sample of what this colorful season looks like in Vail, Colorado, one of our stops on the road trip we made a couple of years ago. Vail was a one-day destination between Breckenridge and Aspen, so we had a plan for the short stay. But even in one day we were mesmerized by the beautiful seasonal sights.

Betty Ford Alpine Garden

Our first stop in Vail was at the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, a collection of plants that live in mountain regions around the world. We wandered the different sections of the garden for about two hours enjoying the lovely serenity of this place (perfect for families with children). Plentiful exhibits explained what an alpine region is and described the various ecosystems found there. The overall landscaping was outstanding, one of the best urban parks we have visited.
Views from gondola ride up Vail Mountain

Outstanding view from the top

From the center of town, we took the gondola to the top of Vail Mountain. What a spectacular display of golden aspens unfolded below us. Also boarding were many bicycle riders thrilled to be riding the downward trails on speeds that would scare the daylights out of most folks. Views are spectacular, and brilliant red fireweed at the top decorated the trail with its name.

Blooming fireweed

Back in Vail Village, we fueled up on lunch al fresco and of course some window shopping. Vail provided an excellent side trip as we continued driving to Aspen—also aglow with stunning red, orange, and yellow vistas. Late September was a lovely time to visit this region.

Photos by Larry and Beverly Burmeier

Stands of aspens glow in the sun.

Beautiful view while walking trails on the mountain

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