Where are the best place to see fall colors in Colorado this year? If you ask Denverites
their favorite time of year, I would guess a majority would say fall. Sure the
weather is usually perfect, and there are lots of fun events around town. But I
am confident the real reason is the incredible color display that Mother Nature
displays for us lucky enough to live in Colorado this time of year.
So where is
the best place to view these amazing displays of gold, orange and red? Depends
on how far you are willing to travel really. There are plenty of options within
an hour or so of Denver. Luckily, more and more websites are popping up with a
full list of these drives with great directions.
One of the
best I found is Channel 7's guide, found here.
They list as a short drive, one of my personal favorites, Guanella Pass between
Georgetown and Grant. If you do this drive, make sure to head a little further
south to Kenosha Pass on US-285 when leaving Grant though to see an incredible
display of aspens overlooking the high plains of Fairplay.
are driving for one specific reason, then spending all day in a car checking
out the scenery doesn't seem so bad. Because of this, then it is worth
considering some of their recommended longer drives to see the most spectacular
scenery Colorado has to offer. Independence Pass, Kenosha Pass and Grand Mesa
are all spectacular and ones I highly recommend.
My all time
favorite place to see fall colors in Colorado though has to be Kebler pass
between Crested Butte and Paonia. This pass is 35 miles long and for 90% of the
drive you travel through one of the largest aspen stands in the entire world.
It is truly amazing and a must see. From there you can visit Cottonwood Pass
which is impressive in its own right, along with McClure Pass. These three with
Independence Pass can be combined for a perfect loop and can be just the right
distance for an overnight trip. But be warned. Once you experience these
passes, you will have to come back for more every single year.
So now you know my favorite spots, what are yours? Please comment and let us all know where else to check out Colorado’s fall colors off the beaten path.