It’s that time of year again — get ready for caramel apples, pumpkin spice lattes, sweater weather, and the crisp autumn chill. During the fall season, Colorado lights up in oranges, yellows and reds that will take your breath away. Here are our favorite spots to see the beautiful fall foliage that you don’t want to miss.
The winding roads meandering through Rocky Mountain National Park provide the perfect opportunity for a scenic fall drive. Stop at the Alpine Center on Trail Ridge Road for breathtaking panoramic views of the fall transformation. The best time to catch these picturesque views is typically late September.
If you don’t have time to get out of the city, the Denver Botanic Gardens is a nice substitute for mountain views. For a fun time with the family, check out the Chatfield Farms location’s corn maze and pumpkin patch.
Fall in love with Tellurides spectacular fall foliage. This southwestern mountain oasis is just as much of a destination in the fall as it is in the winter and summer. Take a trip on the gondola to get a birds eye view of the fall foliage. It’s a bit of a drive from Denver, but there’s nothing like seeing those beautiful fall colors from above.
Make your fall foliage trip even more picturesque with a ride on the the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad along the San Juan Skyway. You’ll be able to witness the changing leaves from the seat of a historic train — a truly unforgettable experience.
Colorado’s most popular mountain destination is worth seeing in every season. Why not make a day of it with a refreshing fall hike to the lake? You’ll witness the majestic Maroon Bells framed by a tapestry of orange and gold.
Fall is fleeting, so be sure to get out soon and enjoy the changing colors before the seasons change again. Peak foliage time tends to be at the end of September and the beginning of October, so start to plan ahead. Make sure to bring your cameras along and share your best photos on our Facebook page!