Colorado is full of color at every season. From snow-capped mountains with brilliant blue skies to golden hills covered in Aspen trees. For the best “leaf peeping” in Colorado – experience it from the trails. Leaves are turning from approximately September 20 though early October.
Berry Picker – Vail, Colorado (Difficult)
Berrypicker Trail is a 6.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located a short walk from The Lion and the Eagle Bahn Gondola. While there is a constant incline, you’ll pass through Aspen groves continuously. The Gondola is only open on the weekends in September and closed in October so plan on turning around and walking back down the trail.
Village to Village – Beaver Creek, Colorado (Moderate)
Village to Village Trail is a 12.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Avon, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from May until September. The beginning of the trail can be found in Beaver Creek by either hiking up the Beaver Lake Trail or the Lost Boy trail which both are a steady incline. Mid-mountain you will find Village to Village and the entire trail is relatively flat though stunning Aspen groves. Be sure to head north on the trail and you’ll reach a picnic table with an overlook of Avon and Nottingham Lake.
Highline Trail – Snowmass, Colorado (Easy)
Highline Trail is a 3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Snowmass Village, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
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.
Helpful tip: Wear sturdy shoes (sneakers or hiking boots), bring water & snacks, wear sunscreen & a hat, and bring layers for weather changes.