There are many ways to enjoy colorful Colorado’s spectacular fall colors. Walking out the front door, for many, will give you a glimpse of the changing hues. Biking some of the plentiful trails will allow for a peaceful sight of the colorful changing leaves. The mountains are a popular destination for numerous individuals who want to experience the phenomenal beauty of the brilliant gold and orange aspens set against the backdrop of the rich evergreens. No matter which way you choose to view the colors of the season, the time to do so is now. With the occasion ripe for viewing, and Mother Nature still thinking it’s summer, it is the perfect time to get out.
Many would prefer to jump in the car for a day trip or weekend of spectacles. There are some gorgeous drives throughout the state to take in the views. Head north to Fort Collins for a drive on the Cache le Poudre-North Park Scenic Byway. Passing through the Cache le Poudre River Canyon, you will experience a route once used by early settlers. Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park is a 48-mile stretch between Grand Lake and Estes Park. Elk, marmots, and an occasional moose have been known to make an appearance on this route.
For a southern escape, look into taking a trip along the Frontier Pathways Scenic Byway. Start by checking out the history of Pueblo where fur trappers and traders, along with the Ute Indians, called this city home. The landscape is different down south with vistas spread across the horizon. As you head further south, the Great Plains make a dramatic change when you enter the San Isabel National Forest and the peaks of the Sangre de Cristo mountains come into view.
Head west from the city to drive the Top of the Rockies Byway. You can begin this 115-mile stretch of roadway in Copper Mountain, driving south to Leadville. From here continue south, and then west, to take in the splendor of Twin Lakes and Aspen. On the return trip, drive northwest from Leadville and stop in the darling towns of Red Cliff and Minturn before getting back on I-70.
Regardless of where your fall walk, bike, or drive takes you, now is your opportunity! Take a little time to enjoy colorful Colorado in all its glory.