If you want to enjoy the Garden of the Gods without having to dodge cars or without the sound of the internal combustion engine disturbing your reverie, you'll get to do that next Wednesday, Oct. 7 for an "Early Bird Hike & Bike" morning. The Colorado Springs Parks Department will close the park to motorized traffic from 5 to 8 a.m., allowing park users to spread out a bit while enjoying the park. More information is available here.
Fall colors update: As of Wednesday, Mueller State Park was still looking great, especially the north end of the park along the Cheesman and Cahill Ponds trails. Highway 67 from Divide to Cripple Creek was still going strong, as was Edlowe Road from Highway 24 to Catamount Open Space. On a hike there on Tuesday, I saw that the Crags Trail was well past peak, with most trees having lost their leaves. Reports on social media are that areas north and west of Colorado Springs, such as Buena Vista and Cottonwood Pass are fading fast, but may still hold out for the weekend. After this weekend, it will be time to set your eyes to the southern part of the state to witness Colorado's famous gold fall colors.
If you're looking for some ideas on how to enjoy the fall colors, Colorado Parks and Wildlife has suggestions for 7 Ways to Enjoy Fall Colors, and also a gentle reminder to "Care for Colorado", while you're oohing and ahhing.
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