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Fall Road Trips

With recent snow fall in the mountains and the changing of the aspen trees this fall, the best outdoor activity might actually be a nice long scenic drive. It may be too cold to camp in some locations, rafting is just about wrapped up for the season, and the trails are becoming too wet to mountain bike. Besides a high alpine zipline tour, driving on some of Colorado’s highways and back roads may be something you will never forget. There are plenty of locations worth visiting this fall in Colorado, but below are some of the most spectacular roads you will encounter in all the nation. Fall is arguable the best time to visit due to the amazing colors, lodging discounts and smaller crowds around the state. No matter where in Colorado you will be visiting, make sure to travel on one of the following roads which will no doubt pass the time but also entice your love for the outdoors.

• Peak to Peak Scenic and Historic Byway: A must see during any season in Colorado, the Peak to Peak Scenic and Historic Byway offers a 55 mile stretch of unmatched natural beauty. Beginning in either Blackhawk or in the heart of Estes Park, travel over the Continental Divide, through multiple State Parks and National Forests, and view the changing aspens in this beautiful surrounding.

• Guanella Pass Scenic Byway: On the south side of Interstate 70, opposite of the Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, sits Guanella Pass and another amazing drive through the mountains of Colorado. Starting in historic Georgetown and winding its way up to 11,670 feet, this drive embodies everything Colorado. From old train tracks, mining towns, 14,000 foot mountains, and the changing of the seasons, don’t miss this drive in the fall.

• Cordova Pass: Located in southeast Colorado, Cordova Pass also has historic ruins and loads of aspen trees.

• The Million Dollar Highway: The section known as the Million Dollar Highway sits along U.S. Route 550 in the heart of the legendary San Juan Mountains. This 25 mile stretch can be a thrill due to the potential hazards, narrow passageways, and lack of guardrails. It is truly a rush not only because of the mountainous road but also because of the amazing scenery all around.