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A Colorado National Monument Winter

To capture on film the otherworldly rock formations of the Monument is no small task, but our state’s finest photographers rose (about 2,000 feet) to the challenge.

Five fall color hotspots near the Denver metro area #4: Kenosha Pass

U.S. Highway 285 west of Denver cuts through one of the most pristine segments of the Colorado Trail. Look for a large parking area near the summit of the pass to get out of your car, stretch your legs and walk comfortably under arching aspen trees in fall foliage.

MacGregor Ranch: Where the Old West never died

There are two ways to learn about the cowboys of the Old West: You can read a history book, or you can experience the real thing at a place like MacGregor Ranch in Estes Park.

Five fall color hotspots near the Denver metro area #3: Golden Gate Canyon State Park

A little-known fall color hotspot right on Denver’s doorstep, Golden Gate Canyon lives up to its name in autumn. The park is filled with aspen in fall foliage, mountain meadows, sweeping views of snow-covered peaks, historic homesteads and an extensive series of trails for hikers of any skill level.

Mary Magdalena's Market & Deli

In Hygiene, you'll find local products on the shelves, and local scenery in the paintings. The owner and namesake of Mary's Market & Deli makes sure to keep her customers well nourished, and letting her artistic side flourish.

Five fall color hotspots near the Denver metro area #2: Rocky Mountain National Park & Peak to Peak Scenic Byway

This adventurous day trip starts in Estes Park and snakes through some of the Front Range’s most prized aspen viewing locations. In Rocky Mountain National Park, look for golden trees at the base of Trail Ridge Road, in Horseshoe Park, or along the shores of Bear Lake.

Colorado's Aerial Art Form

From the patterned acreage at Colorado’s San Luis Valley to downtown Denver’s steeple-strait towers of glass and steel, there’s a lot to be seen from the skies over our great state.

Five fall color hotspots near the Denver metro area #1: Roxborough State Park

In mid-October this park in the southern metro area explodes with a rainbow of color. Orange leaves of gamble oaks combine with the vivid yellow of cottonwood trees circling a line of massive scarlet sandstone hogbacks jutting upward from the earth.