In September 2012 our first trip as a retired couple was to the south central part of Colorado to see the fall colors and hike the Angel of Shavano trail into the Aspens. We went thru South Park, into Buena Vista then west over Cottonwood Pass(12,126 ft) down past Taylor Reservoir and into Gunnison. Then we traveled back east over Monarch Pass(11,312 ft) into Salida where we stayed the night. The next day we drove out to the trailhead of the Angel of Shavano trail (which is part of the Colorado hiking trail that goes for 500 miles thru Colorado), and hiked 5 miles into the Aspen meadow at the base of Mount Shavano(14,229 ft). We spent most of our day in the Aspen Meadow then returned to the trailhead. The next day we left Salida and went into Buena Vista and hiked along the Arkansas River, then drove up to Leadville stopping along the way at Twin Lakes and Mount Elbert(14,433 ft) the highest 14er in Colorado. Then we returned to Denver.