Fall Foliage in the Mountains of Colorado

Yes it is technically still summer in Colorado, but as the sun sets in the high country in Breckenridge, Frisco, Vail, Aspen and elevations over 8,000 feet you can tell Fall is quickly approaching.

Fall is the time of year when the aspens change to a brilliant orange and gold. The mountains come alive with color and are a photo opportunity not to miss.

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There are many ways to appreciate this beauty. One is to just look up and snap a picture but to truly appreciate this special time of year is to be part of it. Go for a hike and be amongst the gold, red and oranges,Rent a bike or arrange for a guided bike tour with a knowledgable and professional guide, Arrange for an atv and get up into the miles of trails and vantage points to be above tree line and look down on this scenic beauty, contact an outfitter and have a guide bring you the best places for viewing. Examples would be to go on a jeep tour, go on a horseback ride or as I mentioned a bike or an atv.  Experience the combination of the peacefulness of water and the majestic beauty of the mountains; rent a boat on Lake Dillon.

Typically the best time for viewing begins around the third week of September but cold weather and high winds can change this.

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Spots not to miss:

Denver and the  Front Range: Peak to Peak Highway, Rocky Mountain National Park, Nederland, Evergreen

The Northern Mountains: Rabbit Ears Pass and Steamboat

Central Mountains: Maroon Bells, Aspen, Crested Butte, Breckenridge, Frisco, Lake Dillon, Keystone, Copper Mountain, Vail and Independence Pass.

Top Spots:

 Trail Ridge Road

The highest paved road in North America goes through Rocky Mountain National Park from Estes Park to Grand Lake. More than 8 miles above 11,000 feet and a elevation of 12,183 feet, Trail Ridge Road is an amazing location for leaf searchers and is a great spot for photographers.

Kebler Pass

Kebler Pass, which boasts the largest aspen grove in North America.  Ohio Creek Road is a great starting point Note: The pass is unpaved.

The San Juan Skyway

San Juan Skyway, an amazing 236-mile loop through the San Juan Mountains which includes a 70-mile stretch known as the Million Dollar Highway. The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad offers  a wonderful way to view the aspens.

Maroon Bells

Two towering 14,000-foot mountains nestled in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness.

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