If you are looking for breathtaking fall foliage colors within the state of Colorado, you will be happy to find the famously golden aspen trees of the region whose peak time runs from mid-September to mid-October. You can enjoy the sights from a glorious city such as Denver or disappear into the mountains. Here, we have chosen some great spots for you to explore as the vibrant red, orange and yellow hues appear.
Between Crested Butte and Paonia State Park on Highway 133, there are 30 miles (48km) of road and a journey to cherish in the fall. It climbs 10,000 feet (3,050m), passing through what were once flourishing mining towns. It is well worth stopping at Floresta, the remains of a coal mining town that is thought to be haunted. Wandering the hills, you really get a sense of the time that has passed. There are miles and miles of incredible views on this drive, but be careful if there has been rain, as it’s then advisable to rent a 4×4.
The city of Denver has the benefits of preserving and embracing the nature that surrounds it. With over 200 parks, it is difficult to avoid the stunning fall foliage that draws visitors every September. If you wish to take a leisurely hike or fancy a more strenuous adventure, there are many clearly marked trails to choose from. There is also the option (highly recommended) of renting a bicycle from one of the many outlets across town. The Cherry Creek Bike Trail is extremely popular as you rush from park to park under a canopy of glorious leaves.
Telluride is tucked away between Mt Sneffels and Mt Wilson, far from the madding crowds and offering a fall experience that you’ll be dying to write home about. The sights of the aspen trees in this region are close to fantasy-level fall foliage. It may be the altitude (the town sits at 8,725 ft/2,660m), but to be in a mountain village that offers 360-degree views of the San Juan Mountains and beyond makes you feel giddy with the energy of the season. There are many great hikes, too, where you can loop around the mountain and then magically end up back at base.