Color change…


The peak has passed for Rio Blanco County color-changed leaves with the frost and snow the past two weeks. Shot just south of Meeker the day before the snow fell, this small group of aspen was spotted along Highway 13, south of the intersection with Highway 64 toward Rifle.



There is no question that autumn is surrounding us in Rio Blanco County or that the great precipitation this summer and fall has added to the bright colors surrounding us. This tree, located at the end of Kennedy Drive in Rangely, is one of the bright golden displays not commonly seen in most years.

Rangely rainbow…


After a good soaking much of the day on the last Sunday of the summer, the clouds parted enough late in the day to allow this rainbow to form over Rangely. It rained again that evening and on Monday to make for some good precipitation as autumn officially began.

Autumn palette…


Between shadows caused by heavy rain clouds on Saturday evening shone this potpourri of color in the sunshine below the Ripple Creek area about 40 miles east of Meeker. Nearly all colors of the autumn palette can be seen in this photo, taken minutes before a downpour at the upper end of County Road 8 […]

Fall colors…


The reds, golds, light greens, yellows and dark greens offer a sharp contrast to each other near the Ripple Creek area east of Meeker by about 40 miles, near the turnoff to Trappers Lake where drivers can continue over County Road 8 to Yampa. With the heavy cloud buildup, there was quite a mix of […]

Color show…


The bright yellows, light greens and light reds shone brightly in the sun on Saturday about two miles north of the summit of Nine Mile Hill, north of Meeker along Highway 13. The area has not yet hit the peak of color change but is rapidly approaching that point — possibly by this weekend or […]

Two area drives suggested for fall colors

The trees are 
changing colors already throughout the higher elevations in Colorado, as 
evidenced by 
these aspen trees 
above Buford. Knowlegeable sources are saying that this weekend could offer one of the best chances this year of seeing 
a great fall color show in Northwest Colorado. 
Cold evening 
temperatures and cold rains or snow will bring those changes around quickly.

RBC I Autumn brings a chill to the night air, an earlier sunset and children back in school. Colorado is fortunate to have four distinct seasons, and this is the time of the year to get out and enjoy the fall colors around Rio Blanco County.

Trees are a’changing…


The trees that are changing colors already at higher elevations are definitely still in the minority, but these aspens, about five miles east of Buford on Saturday, indicate that the great fall color show is approaching.

Fall colors …

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The fall colors are spectacular in the area. This photo was taken on a driving loop starting in Meeker on the Flattops Scenic Byway, via Trappers Lake, over Ripple Creek Pass and connecting to Highway 13 at Hamilton.