Colorado is full of color at every season. From snow-capped mountains with brilliant blue skies to golden hills covered in Aspen trees. There’s approximately one month for the best “leaf peeping” in Colorado. Here are some of our favorite drives.
Independence Pass to Aspen
Take Highway 24 from Minturn over Battle Mountain. After Leadville, you’ll see signs for Highway 82 and Independence Pass. You’ll pass Twin Lakes and start making your way up the pass to 12,095 feet in elevation. From there you can turn around, or continue the drive into Aspen. We suggest going early and stopping in Aspen for lunch before coming back through Glenwood Springs. You’ll have spectacular views of Aspen trees for your entire drive.
If you want to add on to your Independence Pass trip or make a separate trip, we suggest taking a drive to the Maroon Bells. You do have to arrive early to drive to Maroon Lake or take a bus from Highlands Ski Resort. No matter what, the views are breathtaking with the backdrop of Colorado’s most photographed peaks.
Trail Ridge Road
For more of an adventure, venture to Rocky Mountain National Park and take Trail Ridge Road. Go early or midweek to avoid traffic.
Colorado’s fall colors are usually at their best late September to early October. Cooler nighttime temperatures start the process that turns leaves their spectacular orange, gold, and red colors. Click here for an interactive week by week prediction of the colors.