5 Colorado Must See Fall Color Displays

Ahhhh the Colorado fall season. The weather is perfect and the picturesque color changing leaves in full display is not to be missed. Since we are dealing with mother nature here, you only have a few weeks to catch her in action. Live.Laugh.Denver. has the scoop on the best places to observe this year’s fall leaf display.


Golden Gate Canyon State Park – About 50 minutes from Denver

For a quick commute, Golden Gate Canyon in Golden is a fall colored hotspot. This park is full of aspen, meadow and gorgeous views of snow-covered peaks. If you wish to hike, there are numerous hiking trails of all skill levels. Drive a bit further and check out Gap Road or Mountain Base Road for some additional fall color viewing. 


Trail Ridge Road – About 2 Hours from Denver to Estes Park Entrance

The highest continuous paved road in North America that winds through Rocky Mountain National Park from Estes Park and into Grand Lake. Reaching an elevation of 12,183 feet, Trail Ridge Road is an amazing spot for leaf gazing. Reservations are required for vehicle entry, click here for more information. 


Buffalo Pass – About 3.5 hours from Denver 

Just west of Steamboat Springs, this dirt road is lined with glorious rows of aspen groves. A hike to the Zirkel Wilderness Area’s Three Island Lake Rail will not disappoint. 


Kebler Pass – About 5 hours from Denver

Head over to Gunnion, home to Kebler Pass, home to the largest aspen grove in North America.  This is one of photographers favorite fall locations in Colorado. Not to mention, this scenic route includes the abandoned site of Castleton and the spires of “The Castles” – remnants of volcanic ash and mud that erupted from the West Elk Volcano around 30 million years ago! Note: This pass is unpaved. 


The San Juan Skyway – About 8 hours from Denver

This 236-mile loop through the San Juan Mountains of southwest Colorado includes a 70-mile stretch known as the “Million Dollar Highway” that offers an array of fall colored foliage. 

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