Autumn is upon us and that means sweater weather, cozy nights by the fire, and leaf peeping throughout our state’s beautiful wilderness. There are plenty of spots to catch glimpses of Colorado’s fall foliage. Plan a total immersion hike through groves of Aspens, or take a drive along a scenic byway. Here are some key spots along the Front Range to witness Colorado’s turn season colors.
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway
This scenic stretch of highway just outside of Nederland offers approximately 55 beautiful miles of winding roads and gorgeous vistas. Passengers will travel above a stunning landscape of valleys, tiny mountain towns, and golden aspen trees. Start in Estes Park and drive to Blackhawk, then grab lunch from one of the charming towns outside of Idaho Springs.
There’s no better place to see autumn’s true colors than in the heart of Rocky Mountain National Park. Skyscraping peaks loom over bright aspen groves intermixed with lush evergreens, making for a truly breathtaking landscape. Drive along Trail Ridge Road or take a secluded hiking trail to experience Colorado’s beauty up close and personal. Reservations are required. Make yours today for a memorable fall experience.
Both sides of this famous pass are shrouded in aspen groves, setting the road ablaze each autumn. With ample hiking trails and open space, Kenosha offers plenty to do for outdoor enthusiasts. Parking areas do fill up quickly surrounding trail heads, so arrive early and plan to stay late to catch a golden-hour sunset over the Rockies.
Just south of the Wyoming border lies this secluded mountain town at 8,000 ft. The area is less trafficked than other Front Range locales and offers a plethora of dispersed car camping spots that make for a great weekend in the woods. Multiple lakes, a few climbing spots, and awesome hiking trails pepper this wilderness area northwest of Fort Collins. There’s no shortage of areas to explore in Red Feather.
Only a short drive from Boulder, Squaw Pass provides Front Rangers direct access to colorful autumn sights. At 9,000 feet above sea level, this road takes passengers through the clouds and transports them a world away from regular life. Pack a picnic and have lunch with million dollar views.
Each year, our state comes alive one last time before winter rolls in. View the spectacular autumn showcase at any of these picturesque locations. Bundle up in cozy sweaters, pack a thermos of coffee, and enjoy autumn the way it’s meant to be seen, from the mountain tops.