It is not winter yet, but school has started, snow has hit the tops of the mountains, and seasonal roads will close one of these days. So we did a hike to the hot springs yesterday afternoon. When we got there, the parking lot was packed – we had to parallel park on the edge of the creek. But most people were leaving — by the time we got up to the springs, there were only half a dozen people left there. On the way up the fall colors made the kids glad we took the trip – reds and yellows outlining the trail, with fallen leaves covering the ground.
We soaked in the tubs for almost an hour before heading back down. We would have stayed longer except we had to get the kids to bed on time foe school today, and the sun was going down. We had a couple lights, but it is easier to walk in the light. As it was, we got back to the car as the light faded, and it was full dark by the time we drove out of the canyon and hit highway 6.
The road up there will likely still be open for a while yet, but we’re done with that hike for the season – we have plans to do a Four Corners trip weekend after next, when the kids have a 4 day weekend from school. Hit some state parks and national parks, camp out a few nights. And then it probably will be time to settle down for the fall, just doing small local afternoon hikes or Saturday day trips.