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Fall Foliage

The beautiful Rocky Mountains of Colorado are surrounded by trees in every region. There are two classes of trees in the mountains; pine trees and aspens.  Fall is considered a shoulder season in the Rockies which is a transition period between the exciting recreation activities found between summer and winter.  However, some of the best fall foliage can be found in the fall months in Colorado.  While the pine trees stay green all year round, the aspens burst into a variety of yellows, oranges, and reds.  One of the best ways to experience the foliage is to take a scenic drive through the Rockies.

If you are in the Aspen area be sure to visit the Maroon Bells. The Bells are some of the most photographed mountains in the States and upon visiting them you will understand why.  In the fall the surrounding trees explode into a beautiful array of yellows and gold’s.  Be sure to trek up to Maroon Lake to see one of the most iconic scenes in Colorado.

For those of you in the Front Range, be sure to check out the Peak-to-Peak Scenic and Historic Byway.  This incredible scenic road stretches from Blackhawk down to Estes Park with views of the awesome trees and some of Colorado’s famous fourteeners (14,000 foot mountains).  This drive is a must for people visiting the Fort Collins and Denver area.

If you find yourself in Southwest Colorado, there are many scenic drives that you can take to see the foliage.  If you are near Telluride be sure to visit the Dallas Divide and Lizard Heads Pass.  Both areas are super scenic and are sure not to disappoint.  Other great roads can be found on Highway 160 out of Pagosa Springs, Kebler Pass out of Crested Butte, and Highway 550 headed into Durango.

No matter where you are in Colorado, you won’t be disappointed by the colors that blanket this mountainous state.