Colorado is full of color at every season. From snowcapped mountains with brilliant blue skies to golden hills covered in Aspen trees. There’s approximately one month for the best “leaf peeping” in Colorado. Here are some of our favorite drives.
Independence Pass to Minturn
Take Highway 82 from Snowmass through Aspen and over Independence Pass. From there you can turn around, or continue the drive into Minturn. If you opt to make the loop, you’ll make your way over the other side of Independence Pass, pass Twin Lakes, and take a left on Highway 24. You’ll drive through Leadville and continue to Battle Mountain for more leaf peeping. We suggest going early and stopping in Minturn, Avon, or Edwards for lunch before coming back through Glenwood Springs. You’ll have spectacular views of Aspen trees for your entire drive.
For spectacular views right out your back door, we suggest taking a drive to the Maroon Bells. You do have to arrive early to drive to Maroon Lake or take a bus from Highlands Ski Resort. No matter what, the views are breathtaking with the backdrop of Colorado’s most photographed peaks.
Trail Ridge Road
For more of an adventure, venture to Rocky Mountain National Park and take Trail Ridge Road. Go early or midweek to avoid traffic.
Colorado’s fall colors are usually at their best late September to early October. Cooler nighttime temperatures start the process that turns leaves their spectacular orange, gold, and red colors. Click here for an interactive week by week prediction of the colors.