Fall colors in Summit Co. | VailDaily.com

Fall colors in Summit Co.

Ashley Dickson
Summit County correspondent
Vail CO, Colorad
Eric Drummond/Summit Daily NewsA grove of aspens explode with fall color near Boreas Pass Sunday with a frosted Mount Silverheels in the background. Visitors from around the state and beyond are trekking up to the High Country to see all the amazing colors of autumn.ENLARGE

SUMMIT COUNTY, Colorado ” “It looks like the hill is on fire!” six-year-old Caleb Morgan shrieked from atop his father’s shoulders looking out at the red and yellow aspen trees from the Peak 8 overlook in Breckenridge.

“The trees are so bright they almost look like flames,” Caleb Morgan added, shielding his eyes from the Sunday afternoon sunlight. “It’s so cool.”

As the foliage hits its peak in Summit County, visitors statewide are making the trek to places like Sapphire Point in Dillon and Boreas Pass in Breckenridge to take in the scenery on the first official week of the fall season.

“It’s a great time to be in the mountains,” Denver resident Chris Shaw said. “The weather is nice and the leaves are beautiful, so Summit County makes a nice little weekend getaway.”

Stands of bright yellow aspens nestled amid red forests of dying lodgepole pines is quite the color contrast throughout the hillsides of the High Country, and many admit that the scenery is somewhat bittersweet.

“It is sad to see so many dead trees, but the colors are still pretty,” Shaw said. “You begin to realize how bad the pine-beetle problem is up here when you see (red lodgepole pines) contrasted against the yellow aspens.”

With temperatures dropping into the low 30s in the evenings, residents are already starting to feel the shift toward winter, and many locals agree that, although fleeting, fall is one season that makes living in the county worth it.

“Everybody always hypes up the winter, and fall seems to go under appreciated,” Bruce Morgan said. “Pretty soon the weather will change so it’s nice to get out and make use of these warm sunny days while we have them.”

When it comes to scenic vistas, it’s hard not to find a good view almost anywhere in Summit County, and whether by car, bike or boat, locals and visitors alike can’t help but weigh in on the best stashes of color this season.

“My backyard has the best view,” Breckenridge resident Kyle Potts said.

“You don’t have to go very far to see great fall foliage in this town, so I guess now is the time to soak it in before the snow flies.”

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