Five fall color hotspots near the Denver metro area #1: Roxborough State Park
Roxborough's red rock hogbacks seen from the Visitors Center
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. From the Visitor Center, follow the Fountain Valley Trail north to visit two picturesque overlooks (Fountain Valley and Lyons) to see a scenic perspective of this color spectrum, or hike south along the gentle Willow Creek and South Rim Trails following the base of the red rocks.
A more strenuous trail to Carpenter Peak gains 1,000 feet of elevation and climbs to a spectacular view above the red rock formations and a glimpse of downtown Denver’s skyscrapers far in the distance. Despite its proximity to the city, wildlife abounds in Roxborough. Deer, foxes, lizards and bobcats are seen frequently. Bears and mountain lions are even spotted on occasion. From Denver, take Interstate 25 south to C-470 west. Exit on Santa Fe Drive (U.S. Highway 85). Turn west on Titan Boulevard. Then turn south on either Roxborough Park Road or N. Rampart Range Road to reach the park.