Fall is here! Although that means school is back in full swing, your life does not need to transition into all work and no play. Fall in Colorado means beautiful foliage and what’s more fun than hiking among the changing leaves. We have compiled a list of some of the best spots to see the foliage.
- Trail Ridge Road: Trail Ridge Road is the highest continuous paved road in North America. It winds through Rocky Mountain National Park from Estes Park to Grand Lake. The road is above 11,000 feet and has a maximum elevation of 12,183 feet, making it an incredible point to view the changing leaves. Plus, if you are feeling lazy you never have to get out of your car! Or, if you are feeling more adventurous, you can check out some hikes in Rocky Mountain National Park.
- Maroon Bells: The Maroon Bells are two towering 14,000-foot mountains located in White River National Forest, the heart of Aspen. There are numerous hiking trails that offer unbeatable views of golden aspen trees.
- Guanella Pass: Only one hour from Denver, Guanella pass climbs to 11,670 feet and features many high aspen groves. There are aspen groves at all elevations along the trail, offering a strong chance of seeing color along the mountainsides.
- Kenosha Pass: Kenosha Pass is a high mountain pass located in the Rocky Mountains. The elevation is 10,000 feet and offers stunning fall foliage and spectacular views. You have the option to drive and take a few photos, but Kenosha Pass has an easy hike that will take you to beautiful views and leave you walking through the foliage.
- Front Range Foliage: Established in 1918, Peak to Peak Scenic and Historic Byway is Colorado’s oldest. The byway starts in Boulder and provides views of the Continental Divide and dramatic fall colors. It is less than 60 miles in length and there are numerous stop off points along the way, all offering their own unique vantage points.
- Brainard Lake: If you are looking for less of a commute, check out Brainard Lake Recreation Area – less than one hour from Boulder. Brainard Lake Recreation Area offers two trails that highlight the fall foliage: Mount Audubon and the Sourdough Trail. The Audubon trail offers great views of the aspens, while the Sourdough Trail offers a denser forest experience.
Planning on waiting until October to check out the foliage? In that case, you will want to check out the Cherry Creek Bike Trail. It is a 40 mile bike path that follows the tree-lined creek – perfect for a weekend activity. The South Platte River also has a bike trail that goes from downtown Denver to Chatfield State Park and Waterton Canyon, where it meets up with the Colorado Trail and offers beautiful views. Lastly, you can check out the Highline Canal which meanders through Denver for more than 70 miles. The majority of it is lined with Cottonwood trees that turn yellow in the fall.
After you visit one of these spots, stop by one of our locations and tells us about it! Or, tag us in a picture on Instagram. We love seeing your adventures and hope to see you in one of our locations soon.