One of our favorite roads in the southwest is Scenic Byway 12, an amazing little secondary road that runs from just west of Bryce Canyon, Utah to Torrey, Utah (near Capitol Reef NP). More than any other road, I think, it encapsulates the essence of the Colorado Plateau. Along this 120 mile route you can see everything from high desert to an alpine mountaintop – Boulder Mountain to be exact – where cows run free in the woods (and sometimes on the road itself).
One of the things I enjoy most about Boulder Mountain is the white Aspens. At this altitude the trees sometimes change color in early September (as they did this year). While I love the oranges and reds of fall here in western NY, I think the clumps of yellow Aspens, set against the deep greens of the ubiquitous pines, can be just as beautiful.