Top 10 Spots to see Fall Colors in Colorado


Do you feel it, Colorado? – a slight crisp is almost in the air and the days are getting shorter. That means it’s almost time to witness the spectacular color change of nature. When trees start to change to the finest shades of gold, crimson, and amber, it creates a spectacular world of colors that draw in tourists by droves and locals alike!

You don’t want to miss it right? We hand-picked our TOP 10 Spots to See Fall Colors in Colorado so you can enjoy the perfect journey through Colorado and witness the magic of fall foliage! So roll up your sleeves, and joints, and grab your favorite flannel shirt as we explore this mystical transformation from summer into fall!

1. Maroon Bells: Maroon Bells Scenic Area, Aspen, CO 81611
Elevation: 14,156 feet
Distance from Denver: Approximately 200 miles
Average Date: Mid-September
One of the most photographed mountains in Colorado, the Maroon Bells near Aspen transform into a breathtaking masterpiece during fall. Bring your camera, and your hiking boots, and bask in the reflection of colors of the Marron Bells Lake.

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2. Rocky Mountain National Park: Trail Ridge Road, Estes Park, CO 80517
Elevation: Varies, with Trail Ridge Road reaching 12,183 feet
Distance from Denver: Approximately 70 miles
Average Date: Late September to Early October 

This iconic national park needs no introduction. As the aspens turn the park becomes a golden paradise for all to enjoy! Visiting RMNP multiple times in September and October allows you to view different changes as the elevation varies greatly!

3. Kebler Pass: Kebler Pass, Gunnison National Forest, CO 81230
Elevation: Up to 10,007 feet
Distance from Denver: Approximately 230 miles
Average Date: Late September
The West Elk Loop Scenic Byway, particularly Kebler Pass, offers an epic drive through the largest aspen grove in North America. The sight of endless aspen trees changing colors is truly breathtaking. 
4. Telluride: Telluride, CO 81435
Elevation: 8,750 feet
Distance from Denver: Approximately 330 miles
Average Date: Mid-September to Early October
Do you really need another excuse to visit Telluride? Not only is it one of the best places to cool off in the summer heat, but during fall, it completely transforms into an entirely new world! 
5. Kenosha Pass: Kenosha Pass Trailhead, Jefferson, CO 80456
Elevation: 10,000 feet
Distance from Denver: Approximately 60 miles
Average Date: Late September 
Probably the closest place to Denver to view this epic change as it’s an easily accessible spot along the Colorado Trail and has a great viewing spot right off the highway!  

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6. Crested Butte: Kebler Pass Road, Crested Butte, CO 81224
Elevation: 8,909 feet
Distance from Denver: Approximately 230 miles
Average Date: Late September to Early October
7. Guanella Pass: Guanella Pass Scenic Byway, Georgetown, CO 80444
Elevation: Up to 11,670 feet
Distance from Denver: Approximately 60 miles
Average Date: Late September
8Poudre Canyon: Cache la Poudre River Canyon, CO 80512
Elevation: Varies, with Poudre Park at 6,500 feet
Distance from Denver: Approximately 70 miles
Average Date: Late September
9. Rabbit Ears Pass: Rabbit Ears Pass Summit, US Highway 40, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487
Elevation: Up to 9,426 feet
Distance from Denver: Approximately 150 miles
Average Date: Late September
10. Grand Mesa: Lands End Overlook, Grand Mesa Scenic Byway, Grand Junction, CO 81503
 Elevation: Up to 11,332 feet

Distance from Denver: Approximately 240 miles

Average Date: Late September

Will we see you at any of these Spots on our Top 10 Spots in Colorado to See Fall Colors blog? If not, Remember to savor every moment and bask in the beauty that happens around you. Take a quick hike, drive, or find a cozy spot to gaze at the glory of these Top Ten Spots for Fall Colors in Colorado! This is an unforgettable experience right in your backyard.

So hit the road, stop by Headed West, grab a travel companion, breathe in the crisp air, and let the beauty of fall in Colorado leave you in wonder!

Photo Credits: CC via Telluride, Kebler Pass, Guanella Pass, Poudre Changes have been made from original images to view the original images click the links above. All other images are via public domain. 

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