Visit a charming Victorian mining town, thriving alpine environment and one of Colorado’s 14ers on this jewel of a scenic byway.
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.
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.
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.
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.