Where Are the Best Fall Colors in Colorado?

Photo by Gary Nichols

Photo by Gary Nichols

Aspens Aspens Aspens! An undeniable perk to living in Colorado is the few weeks each year when Aspens turn to gold. You don’t need to drive far to get that perfect picture or peaceful view, hop in the car and head to Park County. Here is a short and sweet guide to some of the best fall views near Denver. 

Best Fall Colors Near Denver: 

Kenosha Pass (1 hr 20 mins from Denver) 

There is a reason this destination is first on the list. Less than an hour and a half from Denver, Kenosha Pass provides sweeping views of the Mosquito Range and surrounding valleys. Get immersed in the beauty by hopping on Segment 6 of the Colorado Trail that starts right at the parking lot! There is even a nearby campground for those looking to enjoy the view for a while longer. 

Cline Ranch State Wildlife Area (1 hr 30 mins) 

The stunning contrast between the river, fall colors and mountain backdrop is worth the drive just 10 mins further on Hwy 285 to the Cline Ranch State Wildlife Area. This historic ranch has been preserved for over a hundred years and is surrounded by over 1650 acres of conservation land. Fish, hike, horseback ride or hike through this unique area. Park at Mile Marker 194 and hike along Tarryall Creek between Jefferson and Como. 

Guanella Pass (1 hr 30 mins)

Simply put, Guanella Pass is one of the most underrated places to soak up those golden views. Only an hour and a half from Denver, there are many hikes along the pass that offer a great escape into the land of Aspens. If you decide you’d rather stay in the car, you’ll catch great views right from your window seat. The Rosalie Trail, access from Guanella Pass or Highland Park near Bailey, is a long but beautiful trail that is overflowing with Aspens. 

Wheeler Lake & Montgomery Reservoir (2 hrs) 

If you’re looking for a little challenge to go with your Aspen-chasing adventure and some mining relics along the way, check out Wheeler Lake Trail near Montgomery Reservoir. Not only will the aspens catch your eye, but the waterfalls at the top make for a pretty wonderful backdrop too. 

If you’re looking for great fall views and photos, you can’t go wrong with a visit to Park County. And hey, while you’re here, make sure to stop for some food or do a bit of shopping

*Photo by Gary Nichols

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