Fall is fast approaching here in Denver, Colorado and September is my favorite month with the leaves changing colors and the cool, crisp temperatures in both the mornings and evenings.
The scenery does not get better as the changing of the colors is a special time in the Colorado Rockies.
During this special time, you don't want to miss the grandeur that a Colorado fall can offer. Blue skies, orange, red, gold and yellow trees and the blue water of our rivers will make a trip to the Rockies in fall worthwhile.
It's also time for the Aspens to change colors as well, my most FAVORITE sight to see!
The last couple of weekends of September are when we get the most colors from the aspen and nothing beats a drive up to Grand Lake a trip through Rocky Mountain National Park to see the changing of the colors.
While the rest of the west is baking in the summer heat, Colorado Mountains are enjoying what many consider to be the absolute best weather, with highs in the mid 70's down to 80's, and night-time temperatures ranging from 55 and 65 degrees, which makes for perfect sleeping.
You'll want to get out and enjoy a few of the many attractions Colorado has to offer during this most colorful time of year;
Trail Ridge Road
The highest continuous paved road in North America winds through Rocky Mountain National Park from Estes Park in the east to Grand Lake in the west. With more than eight miles above 11,000 feet and a maximum elevation of 12,183 feet, Trail Ridge Road is an amazing vantage point for leaf peepers and is a favored spot for photographers.
San Juan Skyway
San Juan Skyway, a breathtaking 236-mile loop through the San Juan Mountains of southwest Colorado, offers visitors an amazing array of fall colors and includes a 70-mile stretch known simply as the Million Dollar Highway. The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad offers rides that coincide with optimal fall foliage. Another unique way to experience Colorado’s fall colors is with Soaring® Tree Top Adventures, home to 27 zip lines that pass by brilliant aspens.
The iconic Maroon Bells, two towering 14,000-foot mountains nestled in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness, are the most photographed peaks in North America. Located in the 2.3-million-acre White River National Forest, the Maroon Bells tower over numerous hiking trails that offer unbeatable views of golden aspen trees. The area is accessible by car, however buses run daily mid-June through Labor Day and on weekends Labor Day through early October from the Aspen Highlands.
Telluride Free Gondola Ride
The Telluride Free Gondola is one of the most popular ways to view Telluride’s amazing fall colors. The aerial views include the town of Telluride, its box canyon and colorful valleys lined with aspens and evergreens. For yet another way to see Telluride’s foliage, several trailheads are located right in town. Locals suggest the Jud Wiebe Trail, a 3-mile loop that winds through large aspen groves and passes by Comet Falls.
Get out an enjoy the colorful beauty that Colorado has to offer us this spectacular time of year. Don't forget to pack your camera, as you'll want to capture all of the vibrant colors in all of their beauty.
Until next time,