Experts at captivating travelers from all over the world, the Colorado Aspen trees will lure you in with their fall inspired foliage. With every hue on the color spectrum of gold, they stand out like rays of sunshine within the dark pines covering Colorado’s mountain terrain. It's time to plan your overland trip to stand in wonderment of the changing seasons. Here are Overland Discovery's Top 5 fall foliage drives in Colorado.
1. Guanella Pass
A short drive from the hustle and bustle of Denver city is Guanella Pass Scenic Byway winding up and over the Front Range Mountains along the eastern edge of the Rockies. Paved and easily accessible through the quaint village of Georgetown, this is a drive you must add to your overland plans this fall. Meandering through the aspen trees to a summit that offers views of some of Colorado’s famous 14,000 foot peaks, you won’t be able to get enough of the fall scenery on this journey. DRIVE: Guanella Pass
2. Peak to Peak Scenic Byway
Winding just above the city limits of Boulder, the famous Peak to Peak Scenic Byway will have you on a never ending journey through the spectacular views of glowing aspens and fall foliage. Make your way up the beautiful Boulder Canyon nestled in and winding through the towering peaks of the Front Range to the small mountain town of Nederland. As you continue north towards Estes Park; the gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park, take advantage of the stops along the way. It’s not all year Colorado shows off this much! DRIVE: Peak to Peak
3. Independence Pass
Experience the height of fall as you drift through each bend and curve on Independence Pass. Making its way to an elevation over 12,000 feet to the Continental Divide, you’ll be struck by the beauty that the Sawatch Range has to offer. With every twist and turn you’ll be mesmerized by the glistening aspen leaves as they flutter in the cool mountain breeze. Take your time and capture the season. This is one drive you’ll soon be returning to experience again and again. DRIVE: Independence Pass
4. Kenosha Pass
One of the most heavily forested drives out West, offering unending views of fall’s dramatic color palette; Kenosha Pass will leave you wanting more. From the towering peaks of the Mosquito Range to expansive views of the valleys below, make this drive a top priority on your list of fall adventures this year. This drive easily lends itself to experiencing the season with all five senses by enjoying its hiking trails or stopping for a picnic along the way. So bring your camera and sense of adventure and we’ll see you out there! DRIVE: Kenosha Pass
5. Aspen Ridge
Evidenced by its name, this off-the-beaten-path drive on Aspen Ridge pulls out all the stops when it comes to the changing of the leaves each fall. With each turn you’ll find yourself floating through a new thicket of Aspen trees so bright you’ll need your sunglasses. Contrast the aspen glow against the mountain flora, golden grasses, and the fragrant evergreens and you’ve got a painting straight out of Monet’s collection. There is no better time than now to experience fall in Colorado! DRIVE: Aspen Ridge
These are just five of our favorite fall drives in Colorado. Other areas that are worth visiting for fall colors include Rocky Mountain National Park, Maroon Bells, Steamboat Springs, Twin Lakes, Million Dollar Highway, and many more!
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