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8/31/2016 9:48 PM
 

Took a late summer trip to Beaver Creek & Vail, Colorado and found numerous wildflowers in that area.  We also took a couple of side trips to Maroon Bells National Park in Aspen and Rocky Mountain National Park.  Would have loved to go back to Crested Butte, the wildflower capital of Colorado, but these areas were closer to Denver and our time was limited.  I found the fall wildflowers, such as asters, little mule's ear daisies (they look like sunflowers to me), goldenrod and fireweed blooming.  There were a few summer wildflowers still hanging around in small quantities, such as the silvery lupine, mariposa lilly, shrubby cinquefoil, red and sulphur paintbrush, vetch, yarrow and harebells.  I also found a few new ones that I have not yet identified.  Rocky Mountain National Park has amazing views and animals, along with wildflowers.  Maroon Bells is an iconic place in Colorado for amazing scenery and wildflowers (it is the most photographed place in North America).  It is physically located near Crested Butte (as the crow flies), but it takes 4 hours to drive between the 2 locations.  It is only a couple of hours from Beaver Creek.  We missed a scary moose event at Maroon Bells by 20 minutes or so.  The moose came flying out of the lake and looked like it was going to charge some tourists.  They all went running and a couple of people fell and had minor injuries.  They closed the park until they could get the moose out of the area.  Regarding Beaver Creek, there are some nice hikes at the top of the mountain where you can see wildflowers, water falls and a lake.  The top of Vail Mountain has nice views and wildflowers on the hills.  Right off of I-70 on the way from Denver to Vail, is an exit that is labeled Vail Pass Summit.  The Black Lakes are at this exit and I photographed Fireweed by the lakes and beaver ponds.  If you drive up to the summit (part may not be paved), there are beautiful fields of wildflowers in July (lupines and paintbrush dominate).  Shriner's Pass is up there and is recommended for wildflower photography.  Also, anoother hike I enjoyed in the past is Booth Creek Falls & Lake, which is on the other side of I-70 from the Vail side.  I would recommend going in July to any location in Colorado to see the wildflowers at their peak.  That is defiinitely the best time to go!  Here is a link to photos:  https://coloradowildflowers2016.shutterfly.com/

 
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9/1/2016 4:33 PM
 

Hi Gayle!

Thanks for the report and the great photos!

I see you found some harebells - https://coloradowildflowers2016.shutterfly.com/pictures/46 which is something I also found on my Europe trip last year.

 

 
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