Here in Denver, we are lucky enough to witness one of the longest periods of fall colors in the country. With all the different elevations, you don’t have to drive far to experience the fall colors from mid-September to mid-November! Taking a day trip from Denver is a great way to really enjoy all that Fall has to offer.
Here are some great day trips to take this Fall to see the gorgeous changing colors:
Elk Falls Overlook at Staunton State Park –
This is a hike where you’ll see plentiful Aspens changing colors and be lead to an amazing waterfall. Not only will your hike be gorgeous, but the merely 50 minute drive from Denver to the hike is breathtaking on its own. This hike does take 4 to 6 hours depending on the hiker, so make sure you are ready for a workout while you take in the amazing views!
Guanella Pass –
With Aspen Groves at nearly every elevation of both sides of the pass, you are sure to find some beautiful colors along the mountainside. The 23 mile road will take you through both the Pike and Arapaho National Forests; about 12 miles of this road are gravel, but they are maintained year-around. At only an hour away from Denver, this a popular place to watch the fall leaves change, so be prepared to have some company!
Rocky Mountain National Park –
Picturesque aspen groves surrounding the beautiful Bear Lake make for a perfect view of the changing leaves. Take a leisure hike around the lake to take in the scenery, but be sure to arrive early because parking fills up at this incredible location very quickly.
There are many different locations in the Rocky Mountain National Park from Bear Lake to Estes Park that will have an incredible view of the aspens this fall. It does take about 2 hours to get there, so you will have a full day of a beautiful drive and spectacular views of the fall leaves!
From the huge mountains, to glassy lakes, nature will amaze you with all that Fall has to offer in Colorado!