Top Colorado Destinations For Fall Foliage

Posted by Gabrielle Fuqua on Friday, September 26th, 2014 at 3:32pm.

As the first leaves of fall descend upon the plains, it reminds us to take advantage the postcard we live in and Colorado's fall colors.

1. Caribou Ranch, Nederland

Just up Boulder Canyon, shy of Peak to Peak Hwy, rests the charming mountain town of Nederland. Nearby Caribou Ranch open space offers sweeping vistas of interconnected aspen forests.

2. Chautauqua, Boulder

Do the Flatirons ever offer a bad view in the neighborhoods of Boulder? Enjoy one of several hikes up and around Chautauqua to appreciate the yellow aspen leaves against a background of golden prairie grass and red flagstone.

3. Gunbarrel, Between Boulder and Longmont

Most people don't think of Gunbarrel as a leaf viewing destination, however both Twin Lake Park and walking trails around Boulder Country Club offer reflected vistas of colorful aspen trees, red maples and white oaks to name a few. The diversity of species offers a wide range of fall color.

4. Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park to Granby

Take a drive along Trail Ridge Road through Rocky Mountain National Park spanning Estes Park and Granby. Along Hwy 34 you're likely to witness native Elk bugling to each other during mating season.

5. I-70 Corridor from Golden to Aspen, Maroon Bells

Variety makes for great foliage features. Cruise up I-70 to see the "Fruity Pebble Effect" of the changing season. When you get there stop at Maroon Bells Wilderness. Flanked by 14ers, the leaves here are best seen on foot. Enjoy miles and miles of hiking trails easily accessible from the Aspen area.

2 Responses to "Top Colorado Destinations For Fall Foliage"

Nate Burger wrote: I really like that you mentioned Gunbarrel in this list. I agree, it's a great place to go if you just want to take a relaxing stroll and see just how colorful Colorado can be in the fall.

Posted on Saturday, September 27th, 2014 at 6:43pm.

Greg Smith wrote: I agree Nate. Gunbarrel is a hidden gem.

Posted on Monday, October 6th, 2014 at 9:12am.

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