My first trip to Colorado in September 2017 was a doozy. Ethan had been summoned to Boulder for work and this time it worked for me to tag along, so of course he spun it off into a massive parks trip!

We began in Boulder and eventually went as far south as the Black Canyon. We hit three national parks — Rocky Mountain, Great Sand Dunes, and Black Canyon of the Gunnison — drove hundreds of miles, experienced freezing temps and starry skies, and got hit with headaches from being dehydrated lowlanders in the land of high elevation

We had mostly great weather and were able to do everything we planned. But best of all, it just so happened the aspen trees were at peak color. I swooned and swooned. Here are some of my favorite aspen pictures from that trip.

Posted by Lydia Roberts

I'm a web designer living in Asheville, NC with my husband. I like to get away from the glowing screen by gardening, hiking, and traveling when we can. Our goal is to visit all 59 National Parks.