Leaf Peeping: Explore Colorful Colorado

Autumn is just around the corner, which means it’s time to map out an adventure through Colorado’s high country to see the fall colors. Leaf peeping is a popular activity from mid-September through October, and for good reason. Pockets of golden aspens pop against a blanket of evergreens in shades of yellow so spectacular it just may become your favorite color.

Here are some can’t-miss hotspots to view the best fall foliage Colorado has to offer:

  • Maroon Bells: Two of the most photographed mountain peaks in North America, the Maroon Bells (pictured above) capture the magnificent beauty of Colorado. Towering above 14,000 feet, these iconic peaks in the White River National Forest, just 12 miles from Aspen, are a must-see anytime of year, but fall offers an exceptionally rewarding experience. 
  • San Juan Skyway: Stretching from Durango and Silverton to Telluride and Ouray, this scenic byway offers a classic, unforgettable tour of Colorado’s most impressive leaf peeping. Steep yourself in history and small-town charm with a visit to each area. While you’re in Telluride, take a free gondola ride for an exquisite aerial view of the San Juans (runs through Oct. 20, 2019).
  • Trail Ridge Road: Experience breathtaking, expansive views from the vantage point of Trail Ridge Road, the highest paved road in North America, as it climbs through Rocky Mountain National Park. Take a hike among aspens or enjoy the views from your car on this road that stretches from Estes Park to Grand Lake. 
  • La Veta Pass: Head to the majestic Southern Rockies for one of the most popular fall foliage destinations in the state. With views of the Spanish Peaks, Sangre de Cristo Mountains, and San Luis Valley, this drive is sure to impress. In Alamosa, hop on the Rio Grande Scenic Railroad for a unique leaf-peeping experience as you weave through vibrantly studded foothills, canyons, and meadows accessible only by train. 
  • Kebler Pass: Up for ultimate adventure? Head west to Gunnison, where you’ll find North America’s largest aspen grove. This gem is a prized stretch of scenery for photographers and sightseers alike, but be warned: the pass is not paved.  
  • Peak to Peak Scenic Byway: Prefer to stick around the Front Range? Explore Boulder, Nederland, Estes Park, Central City, and Golden Gate Canyon State Park on this 60-mile meandering byway that offers awe-inspiring views of the Continental Divide and bright pops of fiery aspen stands. 

Wherever your travels take you, colorful Colorado’s fall foliage is sure to inspire. This September/October, grab your camera and hit the road for scenic views that will leave you yearning for next autumn. 

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