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Colorado Fall Foliage: 5 Amazing Places to Watch the Trees Catch Fire

Here are 5 awesome places to see the amazing Colorado Fall Foliage this autumn.

By: Hunter Berge + Save to a List

It is that time of year! The time of year that the trees catch fire across the country - creating stunning and photogenic scenes glittered throughout the woods. 

Here in Colorado, there are many places to see the fall colors around the state. So here is a list of my top 5 favorite places to go:

1. Estes Park, CO

Estes park is Colorado most iconic national park, bringing nearly 4.3 million visitors per year. If the crowds do not scare you away, this location has some of the best hikes, scenic views, and fall foliage in the state. Located about 70 miles northwest of Denver, this location is not too far and is great for a weekend getaway or day-trip.

2. Nederland, CO

Nederland is a small town located due west of Boulder. I see it as one of the hidden gems of Colorado. Small, quant, and hip, this small town is great to spend a day at. If you head about 5 miles north on Highway 72, you will be greeted with incredible overlooks of bright yellow and red aspens.

3. Telluride, CO

For those located in the southern area of Colorado, Telluride is an incredible place to sight see and photograph. Known as the Switzerland of Colorado, you will not be disappointed in this venture. 

Telluride also offers a free gondola ride to reveal easy access to views of the city and amazing fall foliage. If you would like to stay on the ground, there are plenty of trails around the city that offer equally as stunning views of the trees. 

4. Cripple Creek, CO

If you reside in Colorado Springs or Pueblo, Cripple Creek might be a great option for viewing fall colors. From Colorado Springs, head west on Highway 24, once you hit Divide, head south on Highway 67. From Meuller State Park to Cripple Creek you will find large aspen groves that are great to hike and explore. 

5. Maroon Bells, CO

Although Aspen is quite a drive from just about every populated place in Colorado, this is one of the greatest sights in all of the beautiful state. You not only get stunning views of the twin peak, the deep blue lake, but also a myriad of aspens that will be catching fire this autumn. If you have not made it to Maroon Bells before, make sure you put this amazing location on the list. 

If you are looking to see some amazing Colorado colors this fall, check out these places. You will not be disappointed! 

So grab your camera and head out into the woods! Happy Adventuring!



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