We took a trip to attempt to see fall colors somewhere around Cottonwood Pass on September 20. The aspens were changing with vigor on the way up the pass, but we decided to see what we could see on the other side.
As we passed Taylor Reservoir, we were greeted with this view:The historical town of Tincup was mostly boarded up, ready for the harsh onset of winter. An incoming thunderstorm greeted us while we checked out the eerie Tincup Cemetery, site of hills of graves among an old pine forest and swamp. We continued up the Cumberland Pass, passing views of changing aspen and old decaying mines. Dangerous open mine shafts were right next to the road: Continuing down the pass, as dusk approached, the wildlife started appearing. A doe with her two fawns crossed the road in front of us, and looked at us curiously. Our last stop before nightfall was the Bon Ton Mine. According to records, this site looks to still been active as late as the 1940s-1950s. We finished the day with a ride down the rest of the pass in the dark, and over Monarch Pass during a thunderstorm. The colors on Monarch Pass look to be beautiful, at least by the light of our headlights and lightning.