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* COLORADO WILDLIFE. You don't have to travel far from Denver to see a variety of wildlife. Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep graze on the hillside opposite Georgetown, which is west of Denver off I-70. The scenic drive to Mount Evans, the nation's highest automobile road, almost guarantees you a chance to see mountain goats, bighorn sheep, elk, deer and, on the smaller side of the scale, picas and marmots. The elk rut (mating season) in Rocky Mountain National Park takes place from mid-September to mid-October when huge herds gather in the park. The best viewing time is an hour or two prior to sunset. Also in the fall, throngs of waterfowl gather at Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge in Walden. Moose sometimes can be seen in the North Park region when you drive to Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge. If you drive through Pawnee National Grasslands northeast of Greeley you'll likely see herds of pronghorn antelope, fox and, early in the day, raptors cruising the thermals. Regional wildlife viewing guides to Colorado are available for $1-$2 from: Watchable Wildlife, Colorado Division of Wildlife, 6060 N. Broadway, Denver, CO 80216, or call 1-303-297-1192.

* SCENIC AUTUMN DRIVES IN COLORADO include a number of the state's 21 designated scenic and historic byways. Autumn colors generally arrive in mid-September along the Cache la Poudre North Park (from Fort Collins to Walden); Peak to Peak (Estes Park south to Central City and Blackhawk); Colorado River Headwaters (from Grand Lake to State Bridge southwest of Kremmling); and Flat Top Trail (a gravel road between Meeker and Yampa) scenic byways. Later in September the colors change along Guanella Pass (a bumpy gravel road from Georgetown on I-70 south to Grant on Highway 285); Top of the Rockies (from Copper Mountain on I-70 along Highway 91 to Leadville, then northwest along Highway 24 to Minturn. This scenic byway also includes highway 82 west to Twin Lakes); and West Elk Loop (from Carbondale southeast of Glenwood Springs along Highway 133 to Paonia, then Highway 92 to Crawford, and Highway 50 past Blue Mesa Reservoir and onto Gunnison. An unpaved portion continues over 10,000-foot Kebler Pass back to Highway 133). In late September and early October, autumn is at its peak along these byways: Silver Thread (from Lake City through Creede to South Fork on Highway 149); San Juan Skyway (start in Durango and proceed west to Cortez, then head northeast to Telluride, then onto Ridgway and Ouray and over Red Mountain Pass to Silverton and back to Durango); Santa Fe Trail (on the eastern plains from Raton Pass on the New Mexico/Colorado border, through Trinidad northeast to La Junta to the Kansas state line). Colorado's newest designated scenic byway is the Frontier Pathways (west from Pueblo on Highway 96 to Westcliffe. Highway 165 south to Colorado City is also part of this scenic byway.) A word of warning: some portions of a few of these scenic byways are gravel. For detailed information, request a free guide to Colorado's Scenic Byways by sending your name and address to Sally Pearce, CDOT Byways Coordinator, 4201 E. Arkansas Ave., Room 284, Denver, CO 80222.

* TO REQUEST A FREE MASSACHUSETTS FALL FOLIAGE GUIDE, send your name and address to the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism, 100 Cambridge St., 13th Floor, Boston, MA 02202, or call 1-617-727-3201. Among the state's many fall foliage daytrips: The Mohawk Trail runs from Orange to North Adams along Route 2. It includes 14 state parks and forests. Whitcomb Summit takes you to the summit of Mount Greylock, the French King Bridge, Millers Falls, Bissel Covered Bridge, Charlemont and the Bridge of Flowers in Shelburne Falls. The drive to Quabbin Reservoir in central Massachusetts provides beautiful views of autumn colors. Circle around Quabbin by taking Route 32A north off Route 9. From Route 32A take Route 122 west to Route 202, south back to Route 9.

TELLURIDE ON SALE. Between Sept. 15 and Oct. 5, when autumn colors usually peak in the mountains around Telluride, Colo., visitors get a 15 percent discount on lodging if they stay at least three nights between Sunday and Wed-nes-day. Rates for a three-night stay begin as low as $99 per person. After Oct. 2, low season rates are available every night of the week. They begin as low as $28 a night per person including tax. To ask for a free visitor guide or for lodging information, call Telluride Central Reservations, 1-800-525-3455.

* PRINCESS CRUISETOURS ADDS new specialty tours to 1996 itineraries. One features Kodiak Island where sightings of Kodiak brown bears are virtually guaranteed during the summer. Another visits Cordova and Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. The third goes to a remote Inupiat Eskimo village in Kobuk Valley. For information contact your travel agent.

NEW MIDDLE EAST CRUISE. On Nov. 11, Israel's city of Eilat on the Red Sea will become the home port for a new seven-day cruise aboard Epirotiki Cruise Line's 450-passenger Odysseus. The cruise itinerary will include a visit to Jordan's Petra, and Egypt's Luxor, Valley of the Kings, Mount Sinai, Cairo and the pyramids of Giza. The cruise lets passengers combine visits to three countries - Israel, Jordan and Egypt - into one trip. Other ports of call, in addition to Eilat, will include Aqaba (the port for Petra), and the Egyptian towns of Sharm el Sheikh (port for Mount Sinai), Safaga (11/2 hours from Luxor) and Suez, the departure point for tours to Cairo and the pyramids. For information about the cruise, contact your travel agent or Epirotiki Cruise Line at 1-800-221-2470.