TOP 3 FALL FOLIAGE DESTINATIONS in CO

Finally, the moment we have all been waiting for: ‘tis the season for all things autumn! Easily one of the most highly anticipated times of the year, our residents can look forward to the remarkable transition from summer to winter. Colorado is by far one of the best states for those breathtaking fall foliage views that  everyone is chasing. It is truly a remarkable season to be able to witness nature’s colors gradually change from forest pine green tones to those deep golden yellow, burnt orange, and rustic, red hues. So, prepare to break out your favorite fall sweaters and flannels, and be ready to pick up a pumpkin spiced latte or hot apple cider to head to one of these seasonal destinations we are about to share with you.

Toyota 4Runner at Kenosha Pass with fall colors
Kenosha Pass, Co: Toyota 4Runner SUV (2016 Trail Premium Edition) on a forest road in Rocky Mountains with spruce and aspen in fall colors.
  1. Kenosha Pass

Kenosha Pass is known as one of the best and most convenient destinations near Denver for fall foliage. Approximately an hour and a half drive southwest of Denver, travelers take US-285 directly to the trailhead. Kenosha Pass begins at about 10,000 feet above sea level, and expect about a 400 foot elevation gain along the trail! Although altitude can render potential issues, this truly is a hike for everyone. The terrain is completely painless and  user friendly . Hike in and out as far as you please, and enjoy the beautiful contrast of colors on aspen and pine tree covered mountains.

Admiring the Beauty of the Maroon Bells
A woman stands on a rock on Maroon Lake admiring the autumnal beauty of the Maroon Bells in a sunny, cloudless day
  1. Maroon Bells

The iconic Maroon Bells Scenic Area likes to really show off its magical views during autumn. Located near Aspen and Snowmass, this glacial valley destination will absolutely satisfy the eyes. The famous name was acquired due to the two 14,000 foot mountain peaks resembling church bells. This destination is one of the most photographed views in Colorado. So, with the splendor of fall leaves coming, this is the prime time to capture your next vital Facebook or Instagram moment.

Kebler Hideout
Kebler Pass in the Autumn season
  1. Kebler Pass

Did you know that an aspen tree grove is one of the largest, oldest single living organisms on Earth? Yes, aspen groves are connected by a single root system. The largest in the state of Colorado and one of the largest in the country, please be sure to add Kebler Pass to the top of your list of fall destinations. This is also the perfect time and opportunity to visit Crested Butte, CO.  Drive, don’t hike. Relax and enjoy a laid back 30 mph cruise through the vast, crisp yellow aspen groves.