You may have noticed this past week then when the first day of fall hit, we really had a change in weather. The nights are much chillier now and the days are slowly cooling off themselves as you notice the leaves are starting to fall. You may have also noticed your social media all of a sudden being covered in pictures of our amazing state and the stunning changing of leaves that happens every year around the this time. I noticed in my newsfeed this past week and on my Instagram that people were venturing up to the mountains and getting photos of the bright yellow patches of Aspen trees as well as whole fields just covered in golden hues. I know one thing my family and I like to do is pile in the car and head up to the mountains to capture these amazing colors before the snow takes over (which is already starting to happen!). I have compiled a list below of the best spots to go this year to really enjoy what nature and the Aspens have to offer:
Maroon Bells – Aspen – Maroon Bells is no stranger to being a beautiful place to hike no matter what time of the year it is. These 14,000-foot towering two mountains are situated in the Snowmass wilderness and are two of the most photographed peaks in North America and if you go you will see why.
Buffalo Pass – Steamboat – Sometimes you just want to follow that dirt road to find the right colors and Buffalo Pass allows just that. Found just west of Steamboat Springs, this dirt road is lined with rows and rows of colorful aspen groves. The pass goes on for 8-miles offering people views that are truly one of a kind.
Kebler Pass – Gunnison – If you want to really see the aspen trees then you have to go where they flourish right? Well Kebler Pass holds the largest aspen grove in North American so this would be the best place to go. Start on Ohio Creek Road and get immersed in the aspens as well as unique natural landscapes from ranch buildings marking the abandoned site of Castleton and the spires of “the Castles” – remnants of volcanic ash and mud that erupted over 30 million years ago.
Boreas Pass – between Breckenridge and Como – Back in the 1800’s prospectors came to this area in search of gold and today visitors flock to this area in search of a different kind of gold in the form of aspen groves.
Telluride Free Gondola – Telluride – It may be a six-hour drive but along the way you will find yourself seeing many aspens changing color and once you get to Telluride, the free gondola ride over the mountains will be a site you will never forget this time of the year.
Aspen Alley – Breckenridge – Grab your furry friend, get on your bike or just take a solo hike on this hiking and mountain biking path that is surrounded by reds, oranges and golds of fall.
Make sure to dress warmly for your hike as many people have already said they have encountered snow and cold weather while hiking amongst the aspens. And also make sure to take lots of photos and get them uploaded so me and everyone else can enjoy the colors of fall this year in our awesome state.