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A visit to the Southwest corner of Colorado feels like an exhale. There is lots of space, not much cell service, and enough outdoor activities to fill 8 days a week. In the fall, the Aspen trees explode into bursts of bright yellow like you can't imagine, and I just happened to be visiting during their peak peepability.

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The above photos were from a hike up to Navajo Lake in the Lizard Head Wilderness. The views were incredible in late September. After trekking through forest and meadows, with views of Dolores Peak & El Diente. A steep descent for the last mile or so drops you right in the basin of a gorgeous alpine lake at the base of a handful of 14-ers, including Wilson Peak. A solid day hike (my sea-level lungs were huffing and puffing!) with big rewards.

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We also did a fun back-country hike that included a steep descent down to and then along Bear Creek in the San Juan National Forest. After a couple miles we scampered up to a private cabin, our home for the night.

More Aspen-ogling, some hammock-lounging, and campfire-side tacos made for an unbeatable day.

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A single visit to Southwest CO is not enough, this place transforms throughout the year, and each season has new activities to offer. You can bet I'll be back.

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