County Road 12 is a well graded gravel road that starts on Colorado Highway 133 near Paonia Reservoir. It ascends to an altitude of about 10,000 feet at the top of Kebler Pass, before eventually dropping back down to the town of Crested Butte. It is home to one of the largest living organisms on the planet, the Kebler Pass aspen grove.
About 20 miles in from Paonia Reservoir or about 0.5 miles past the Horse Ranch Park turnoff is one of my favorite stands of Aspen on all of Kebler Pass. The trees are tall, healthy and widely spaced. Walking amongst them at mid day and looking skyward is inspirational. The picture seen above was taken in this area.
The best color for this location normally occurs in the last week of September.