Fall means those beautiful Aspen trees are about to change into most gorgeous shades of orange, yellow and red. When the wind blows and the gold aspen leaves flutter, it’s seriously one of the most beautiful sites in the entire world! I have put together a quick guide of my favorite spots to see fall foliage and how to find the most Instagram worthy spot in CO.
Fall Foliage Maps
Colorado leaves turn at different times dependent on elevation and the length of daylight. Check the local news stations or SmokeyMountains.com for interactive maps. However, since the majority of Colorado suffered a drought this year some are predicting peak colors happening a little early this year.
Get The Perfect Instagram Shot
Want to know where the fall colors are peaking right now – Instagram!
- Check the following hashtags to find the best fall foliage shots
- Once you find a spot you like to check the geolocation – the amazing shot you’re looking at could be old so you check the geolocation and then sort by the most recent post to see exactly what the colors look like right now in that area.
- Get in the car and go!
- Remember that anytime you go out in nature to be respectful, leave no trace, don’t pick the foliage and don’t feed the wildlife – please!
- TAG ME! Tag your story or post with #bmbfallcolors and I will post it on my story!
Fall Foliage Hashtags
My Favorite Fall Color Drives & Areas
Durago> Silverton> Telluride – Million Dollar Highway
Last September, I took a road trip across the state with Toyota and the leaves were incredible. We literally pulled over every 5 minutes to snap pictures. The gorgeous gold and red leaves against the severe snow-capped San Juan mountains is hands down one of the most beautiful sights I have ever seen. Read more about the trip and see more photos here.
Rocky Mountain National Park
The Front Range will turn a little later so if you can’t get out till early Oct head to Rocky Mountain National Park. We have only done the Sky Pond hike and while its beautiful hike only the beginning is in Aspens but there are tons of great fall hikes there. Sky Pond hike info and RMNP Fall Hikes.
Keebler Pass & Crested Butte
Aspen trees actually grow in groves and are all connected by an intricate route system. Keebler Pass just west of Crested Butte is home to the largest known Aspen grove in America making it the largest living organism in the U.S. – pretty nuts! Check out my guide to CB here. Any road, anywhere in CB will take you to gorgeous groves like the ones pictured here out on Gothic Road.
The drive from Buena Vista to Crested Butte is also littered with aspen groves. Unforteutnlly the entire pass is still closed for construction so you will only be able to go up from BV to a certain point and have to turn back around.
If you’re looking for a quick day trip from Denver head to Guinella Pass. Take 285 to the town of Grant then head over the pass to Georgetown and loop back down to the city on i70. Read more here
I spent a fun fall weekend in Aspen a few years and the leaves on Independence pass were great! I’d love to go back during peak season and make it to the Maroon Bells.
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway
Omg, this pictures is so old – it’s from 2013! I feel like the roads were closed due to a slide so we didn’t make it end to end, but this is another great Front Range option. Read more here.
Send me or tag me in your fall color pics! I’d love to see your favorite spot and your best shot!