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Old 10-03-2012, 09:18 AM
 
Location: Western Colorado
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I spend several days off and on the Grand Mesa the past few weeks escaping the miserable inferno here and enjoying the colors and cooler temps up there. Here's some pics:

HWY 65 two weeks ago


Near Ward Creek


Island Lake two weeks ago. It's lower now, all the reservoirs are very very low.


Ward Creek


Last week


HWY 65 last week


Ward Lake from the Discovery Trail last week


Aspens in full color across the Visitors Center last week


Land O Lakes trail 10,800ft yesterday


Land O Lakes trail 10,800ft yesterday, looking down with Cedaredge and Delta in the distance the San Juans range in the back. Hazy day. Sunny up there 45 degrees.
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Old 10-03-2012, 10:33 AM
 
Location: Bend, OR
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Beautiful photos Jim! This is the time of year I really miss living near the Grand Mesa. The color display is phenomenal!
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Old 10-05-2012, 10:29 AM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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Good job!
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Old 10-05-2012, 12:21 PM
 
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The Grand Mesa is Colorados undiscovered gem! I had a fabulous 2 night camping trip at the Ward Lake campground in early August with no mosquitos this year. My senior national parks pass gets me into the campground for just $7 a night. Showers for $2 at the RV campground just up the road. Another $2 buys a a BIG scoop of ice cream for a nice treat sitting on the deck at the edge of a lake. The Grand Mesa is hard to beat.....any time of the year, but it is especially fabulous in the fall.
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Old 10-05-2012, 04:09 PM
 
Location: Western Colorado
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I love it up there. Heading back up next week to hike Lost Lake trail. My bucket list is to hike every trail there.
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Old 10-05-2012, 06:45 PM
 
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That's one of my favotrite trails. Lost Lake has a special vibe about it. Great spot for a picnic lunch. Enjoy your hike!
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Old 10-05-2012, 11:01 PM
 
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Thanks for the great photos. Too bad I missed it this year. Had planned on coming but had too many problems going on and too many things to do.

Grand Mesa is actually one of the last places in CO I've never been too. Had always planned on driving out there for fun from Vail but never made it, even though I have been to Grand Junction many times.
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Old 10-06-2012, 02:57 PM
 
Location: Turlock, CA
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I love the aspens mixed in with the pines.
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Old 10-06-2012, 07:23 PM
 
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wanneroo wrote: Grand Mesa is actually one of the last places in CO I've never been too. Had always planned on driving out there for fun from Vail but never made it, even though I have been to Grand Junction many times.

I think you'd love it. It reminds me somewhat of the pocono lake country of northeast PA. Put the Grand Mesa on you must visit list next time you make it out to Colorado.
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Old 10-06-2012, 11:41 PM
 
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Boy, it's still so hot out there? Delta is quite the desert! (Gorgeous pics)
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