Fall is coming and we’re ready to watch the leaves change. Luckily, we live in one of the best places in Colorado to watch the landscape turn red, yellow, crimson and more. Here are a few of our favorite places in Colorado to see this spectacle.
“The Bells” are two 14,000 ft. peaks sitting just outside Aspen and boast the title of most photographed peaks in North America. The countless hiking trails and vantage points offer some of the best views of changing Aspen trees in Colorado. Stroll through the meadows or take on a serious hike, either way you’ll get to see some classic, beautiful Fall sights.
The San Juan Skyway
Travel + Leisure ranked the San Juan Skyway as one of the best spring drives in the nation for its beautiful views of the Fall foliage. Opt for passenger when taking this 236-mile loop because you’ll want to stare out the window the entire time. Each corner offers better views than the next.
This road in the Fall is a photographers dream. This road is unpaved but if you have 4-wheel drive, it’s a must see. Plan to pass by The Castles to see some amazing volcanic features mixed in with breathtaking foliage!
For an easier way to see plenty of trees turning, catch the gondola at the bottom of Snowmass Mountain all the way to the top. Stonebridge Condominiums are walking distance from the gondola and you’ll catch the whole mountain turning colors on the ride.
The top of the Independence Pass doesn’t have many leaves to turn colors but the lower elevations are stunning during the fall. Try to drive this on a clear day, as the narrow, winding road has been known to intimidate some drivers. There are plenty of pull-offs throughout the drive, with hikes for every taste, whether you’re ready for 15-miler or a light stroll.