It's a tremendous way to witness the deepened colors and patchwork hillsides, running the Golden Leaf Half-Marathon along the Government Trail from Snowmass to Aspen. Runners from across the nation will feast their eyes, and fire up their legs, this weekend. The Golden Leaf has been named the "Best Half Marathon" and ranks among the most scenic trails imaginable. For hikers and bikers, try the Government Trail (just maybe not on race-day morning!) for some of the best of the area's fall foliage sightings. Hike as far or as near as you'd like; the view is just as scenic when you turn around!
The colors are changing, most likely to red, as Ruggerfest 2010 welcomes the best of scrum from all over the world. Watch the high sports action, and inevitable carnage, with beer, barbeques and an always rowdy good time. Matches take place on both Wagner Field and Rio Grande Park and, as always, informal gatherings take over local pubs around town; for complete info, www.aspenruggerfest.com.
The 7908 Aspen Songwriter's Festival kicks off this Thursday with a free show at the Wheeler Opera House! Mike Rayburn, musician and comedian, performs at 6 p.m., followed by three days and nights of concerts, clinics and gatherings with some of the nation's top artists. Featuring Tift Merritt, Sam Bush and Nashville's premier talent, with local music man John Oates at the helm. For more info and tickets, www.wheeleroperahouse.com.