Fall in Colorado: 2023 Leaf-Peeping Guide

The Ultimate Guide to Colorado's Leaf Peeping Season 

It's nearly time for one of our favorite seasons in Colorado and this year is expected to be better than ever!

When to See Fall Colors

According to 9News we should be able to see some fall colors already...

September 15-29: Steamboat Springs and the Yampa Valley

September 17-30: I-70 Corridor 

September 20 - October 3: Aspen, Buena Vista, and Salida

September 22 - October 4: Foothills and Telluride

September 25 - October 10: Pueblo

October 1-16: Pagosa Springs

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5 Scenic Drives to See Fall Colors

Independence Pass

Twin Lakes to Aspen 

Length: 32 miles

Driving Time: 1 hour 30 minutes 

Trail Ridge Road

Estes Park to Grand Lake

Length: 48 miles 

Driving Time: 2 hours

Kebler Pass

Crested Butte to Paonia 

Length: 30 miles

Driving Time: 1 hour 45 minutes 

Guanella Pass

Georgetown to Grant

Length: 22 miles

Driving Time: 1 hour

Grand Mesa Byway

Mesa to Cedaredge

Length: 63 miles

Driving Time: 2 hours

Top 5 Hikes to Experience Fall Foliage On Foot

Crater Lake

Maroon Bells Snowmass Wilderness | 3.5 miles | Moderate | Out and Back

Kenosha Pass

Jefferson | 11.5 miles | Moderate | Out and Back

Herman Gulch

Silver Plume | 6.4 miles | Hard | Out and Back

Lost Lake via the Hessie Trail

Nederland | 4 miles | Moderate | Out and Back

Raccoon Trail

Golden Gate Canyon State Park | 3.4 miles | Moderate | Loop


If you are taking the kids don't forget to print our leaf-peeping scavenger hunt to keep them entertained! 

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