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.