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5 Great Spots in Colorado for Fall Colors

Five options among many, many more.

Looking to catch some fall colors around Colorado? Now's the time! Hit the road for those beautiful changing aspen trees. You'll know it's an aspen because of the way that it is.

1. Aspen

Easily one of the most popular places in Colorado to catch the changing colors, it's not without good reason. There are a myriad of great places around town or on nearby Independence Pass to enjoy the aspen gold. Take a short hike up the Ute Trail for a view of town and the surrounding Roaring Fork Valley, or head to the iconic Maroon Bells. It's one of the most photographed places in Colorado for a good reason. If you're extra lucky, you might catch an early snow storm and get to see the contrasting snow + colors.

2. Rocky Mountain National Park

The park offers some great aspen groves, as well as an opportunity to catch the elk rut happening in late September and October. While you can catch colors on the east side, some of the best colors are found over Trail Ridge Road on the west side of the park.

3. Dallas Divide and Ouray

This spot near Ridgeway, Colorado offers an panoramic vista of the San Juan Mountains, with Mt. Sneffels as the highlight. Pair this spot with a drive through Ouray and Silverton to Molas Pass, which should be popping off right now.

4. Crested Butte

A personal favorite, Crested Butte if the fall is a *treat*. Whether you're there just to catch the fall colors or for the world-class mountain biking -- you won't be disappointed. The classic 401 trail is a must-do mountain bike in the fall (although a fall rip through Doctor's Park is my favorite ride of all time). Nearby Kebler Pass is also a great drive for fall colors.

5.  Kenosha Pass

Popular for its close proximity to Denver, Kenosha sees great colors every year -- but be prepared. It's definitely a spot that gets crowded on the weekends, so maybe plan on heading up there for an evening hike during the week.

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Kyle FrostExplorer

Wearer of many hats at The Outbound Collective. I'm @kylefrost pretty much everywhere.