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Best of fall colors in Colorado: 2017

Aspens show their golden colors as autumn 2017 takes its hold on the Colorado mountains. Photos by The Gazette photo staff

Frost coats aspens along Gold Camp Road on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017. 

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Frost coats aspens along Gold Camp Road on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017. (The Gazette, Nadav Soroker)

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A turning aspen catches the sunrise along Gold Camp Road on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017. 

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A turning aspen catches the sunrise along Gold Camp Road on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017. (The Gazette, Nadav Soroker)

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Golden aspens dot the mountainside along Gold Camp Road in Pike National Forest on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017. 

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Golden aspens dot the mountainside along Gold Camp Road in Pike National Forest on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017. (The Gazette, Nadav Soroker)

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A Jeep drives down Forest Road 371 lined with golden aspens in the Pike National Forest on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017. 

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A Jeep drives down Forest Road 371 lined with golden aspens in the Pike National Forest on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017. (The Gazette, Nadav Soroker)

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Turning aspens reflect off a pond in the Pike National Forest on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017. 

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Turning aspens reflect off a pond in the Pike National Forest on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017. (The Gazette, Nadav Soroker)

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Frosted aspens line Gold Camp Road in Pike National Forest on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017. 

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Frosted aspens line Gold Camp Road in Pike National Forest on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017. (The Gazette, Nadav Soroker)

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Aspens surround a cabin near the Penrose-Rosemont Reservoir in Pike National Forest on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017. 

(The Gazette, Nadav Soroker)
Aspens surround a cabin near the Penrose-Rosemont Reservoir in Pike National Forest on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017. (The Gazette, Nadav Soroker)

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Sunlight breaks through the trees near a turning aspen along Gold Camp Road on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017. 

(The Gazette, Nadav Soroker)
Sunlight breaks through the trees near a turning aspen along Gold Camp Road on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017. (The Gazette, Nadav Soroker)

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Frosted trees cover the mountain along Gold Camp Road on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017. 

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Frosted trees cover the mountain along Gold Camp Road on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017. (The Gazette, Nadav Soroker)

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Sunlight illuminates an aspen in Pike National Forest on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017. 

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Sunlight illuminates an aspen in Pike National Forest on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017. (The Gazette, Nadav Soroker)

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Aspens leaves shake in the wind along Gold Camp Road on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017. 

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Aspens leaves shake in the wind along Gold Camp Road on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017. (The Gazette, Nadav Soroker)

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Aspen leaves change into a bright yellow along Gold Camp Road on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017. 

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Aspen leaves change into a bright yellow along Gold Camp Road on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017. (The Gazette, Nadav Soroker)

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A copse of frosted aspens change into a vibrant gold along Gold Camp Road on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017. 

(The Gazette, Nadav Soroker)
A copse of frosted aspens change into a vibrant gold along Gold Camp Road on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017. (The Gazette, Nadav Soroker)

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A river runs through an aspen dotted valley in Pike National Forest on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017. 

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A river runs through an aspen dotted valley in Pike National Forest on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017. (The Gazette, Nadav Soroker)

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The sun shines around a gnarly aspen near Victor, Colo. on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017. 

(The Gazette, Nadav Soroker)
The sun shines around a gnarly aspen near Victor, Colo. on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017. (The Gazette, Nadav Soroker)

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Aspens shake off loose leaves and water drops along Gold Camp Road on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017. 

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Aspens shake off loose leaves and water drops along Gold Camp Road on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017. (The Gazette, Nadav Soroker)

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Aspens change into a vibrant yellow along Gold Camp Road on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017. 

(The Gazette, Nadav Soroker)
Aspens change into a vibrant yellow along Gold Camp Road on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017. (The Gazette, Nadav Soroker)

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Buildings from Colorado’s mining past stand among the turning aspens Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2017, on Red Mountain Pass between Ouray and Silverton. The Red Mountain Mining District boomed in the 1880s to more than 3,000 people.   (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Buildings from Colorado’s mining past stand among the turning aspens Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2017, on Red Mountain Pass between Ouray and Silverton. The Red Mountain Mining District boomed in the 1880s to more than 3,000 people. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Aspen leaves lie among the crushed marble rock Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2017, outside Marble, Colo. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Aspen leaves lies among the crushed marble rock Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2017, outside Marble, Colo. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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An outhouse basks in the glow of the turning aspens near Crystal, Colo., Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017, on a warm sunny afternoon. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
An outhouse basks in the glow of the turning aspens near Crystal, Colo., Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017, on a warm sunny afternoon. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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A stream flows through the turning aspens Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017, on Red Mountain Pass between Ouray and Silverton, Colo. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
A stream flows through the turning aspens Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017, on Red Mountain Pass between Ouray and Silverton, Colo. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Turning aspens dwarf a cabin in Crystal, Colo., Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Turning aspens dwarf a cabin in Crystal, Colo., Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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A sole aspen leaf lies in a puddle on the rocks surrounding the Grottos on the Roaring Fork River near Aspen, Colo. Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
A sole aspen leaf lies in a puddle on the rocks surrounding the Grottos on the Roaring Fork River near Aspen, Colo. Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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The morning sun filters through a stand of aspens near Marble, Colo., Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
The morning sun filters through a stand of aspens near Marble, Colo., Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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The sun shines through the turning aspens near Crystal, Colo., Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
The sun shines through the turning aspens near Crystal, Colo., Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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The mountains above Marble, Colo., begin to show the colors of fall Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2017. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
The mountains above Marble, Colo., begin to show the colors of fall Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2017. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Turning aspens paint the hills next to Highway 133 south of Redstone, Colo., Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Turning aspens paint the hills next to Highway 133 south of Redstone, Colo., Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Aspen trees change color for the fall on Thursday September 21, 2017 in both Woodland Park. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).

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The hills outside of Divide, Colorado begin to change leaf color with trees, many which are aspens, showcase the start to fall that officially begins on Friday. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).

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The sun shines through turning aspens near the Grottos on the Roaring Fork River near Aspen, Colo. Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
The sun shines through turning aspens near the Grottos on the Roaring Fork River near Aspen, Colo. Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Aspens begin to turn golden yellow next to a building in Crystal, Colo., Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Aspens begin to turn golden yellow next to a building in Crystal, Colo., Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Visitors look at the Crystal Mill, outside Marble, Colo., Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. The powerhouse was built in 1892 and operated until the closure of the Sheep Mountain Mine in 1917. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Visitors look at the Crystal Mill, outside Marble, Colo., Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. The powerhouse was built in 1892 and operated until the closure of the Sheep Mountain Mine in 1917. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Aspens begin to turn golden yellow in Crystal, Colo., Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Aspens begin to turn golden yellow in Crystal, Colo., Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Names from the past are carved into aspen trunks near the Grottos on the Roaring Fork River near Aspen, Colo. Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Names from the past are carved into aspen trunks near the Grottos on the Roaring Fork River near Aspen, Colo. Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Aspens begin to turn golden yellow in Crystal, Colo., Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Aspens begin to turn golden yellow in Crystal, Colo., Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Aspen leaves glow in the sun near the Grottos on the Roaring Fork River near Aspen, Colo. Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Aspen leaves glow in the sun near the Grottos on the Roaring Fork River near Aspen, Colo. Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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The sun shines through the turning aspens near Crystal, Colo., Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
The sun shines through the turning aspens near Crystal, Colo., Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Aspens begin to turn golden yellow next to a building in Crystal, Colo., Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Aspens begin to turn golden yellow next to a building in Crystal, Colo., Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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The sun shines on a grove of aspens in Crystal, Colo., Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
The sun shines on a grove of aspens in Crystal, Colo., Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Aspens begin to turn golden yellow next to the old buildings in Crystal, Colo., Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Aspens begin to turn golden yellow next to the old buildings in Crystal, Colo., Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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(The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
(The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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(The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
(The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Aspens begin to turn on Red Mountain Pass Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017, between Ouray and Silverton, Colo. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Aspens begin to turn on Red Mountain Pass Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017, between Ouray and Silverton, Colo. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Red Mountain is framed by the turning aspens Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017, between Ouray and Silverton, Colo. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Red Mountain is framed by the turning aspens Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017, between Ouray and Silverton, Colo. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Aspens on Red Mountain Pass glow in the afternoon sun Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017, between Ouray and Silverton, Colo. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Aspens on Red Mountain Pass glow in the afternoon sun Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017, between Ouray and Silverton, Colo. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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The morning sun breaks through the clouds above a beaver pond west of Marble, Colo., on a late summer day Sept. 20, 2017. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
The morning sun breaks through the clouds above a beaver pond west of Marble, Colo., on a late summer day Sept. 20, 2017. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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The hills above Marble, Colo., are painted gold and green with the turning aspens Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
The hills above Marble, Colo., are painted gold and green with the turning aspens Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Aspens turn from green to yellow on Red Mountain Pass Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017, between Ouray and Silverton, Colo. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Aspens turn from green to yellow on Red Mountain Pass Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017, between Ouray and Silverton, Colo. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Aspens on Red Mountain Pass glow in the afternoon sun Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017, between Ouray and Silverton, Colo. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Aspens on Red Mountain Pass glow in the afternoon sun Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017, between Ouray and Silverton, Colo. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Aspens on Red Mountain Pass glow in the afternoon sun Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017, between Ouray and Silverton, Colo. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Aspens on Red Mountain Pass glow in the afternoon sun Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017, between Ouray and Silverton, Colo. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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A creek runs past turning aspens on Red Mountain Pass  Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017, between Ouray and Silverton, Colo. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
A creek runs past turning aspens on Red Mountain Pass Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017, between Ouray and Silverton, Colo. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Aspens on Red Mountain Pass glow in the afternoon sun Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017, between Ouray and Silverton, Colo. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Aspens on Red Mountain Pass glow in the afternoon sun Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017, between Ouray and Silverton, Colo. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Mike Boff of North Carolina takes a picture of the Crystal Mill near Marble, Colo., Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017, while touring the western United States. Boff hiked from Marble to the mill. The 1892 powerhouse is the most photographed building in Colorado.
Mike Boff of North Carolina takes a picture of the Crystal Mill near Marble, Colo., Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017, while touring the western United States. Boff hiked from Marble to the mill. The 1892 powerhouse is the most photographed building in Colorado.

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A stream flows through the turning aspens Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017, on Red Mountain Pass between Ouray and Silverton, Colo. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
A stream flows through the turning aspens Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017, on Red Mountain Pass between Ouray and Silverton, Colo. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Fall begins to take hold of the aspens surrounding the Crystal Mill, outside Marble, Colo., Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. The powerhouse was built in 1892 and operated until the closure of the Sheep Mountain Mine in 1917. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Fall begins to take hold of the aspens surrounding the Crystal Mill, outside Marble, Colo., Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. The powerhouse was built in 1892 and operated until the closure of the Sheep Mountain Mine in 1917. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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A car drives past the turning aspens on Red Mountain Pass Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017, between Ouray and Silverton, Colo. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
A car drives past the turning aspens on Red Mountain Pass Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017, between Ouray and Silverton, Colo. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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A photographer takes a picture of the Crystal Mill as the aspens begin to turn near Marble, Colo., Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. See Monday’s Life Section in The Gazette for the story behind the most photogenic scene in Colorado and see this Sunday’s Life for a gallery of the turning aspens. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
A photographer takes a picture of the Crystal Mill as the aspens begin to turn near Marble, Colo., Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. See Monday’s Life Section in The Gazette for the story behind the most photogenic scene in Colorado and see this Sunday’s Life for a gallery of the turning aspens. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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