The view at Crested Butte yesterday.
The view at Crested Butte yesterday.
Chris Segal for Crested Butte Mountain Resort

Five Places to Catch Fall Colors in Colorado

Nothing says fall in Colorado like the changing colors -- and the show isn't over yet. If you somehow missed the traffic jam of last Saturday's leaf peepers heading up I-70, it's not too late to catch some color. Here are five spots you should still be able to fall into fall.

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Five Places to Catch Fall Colors in Colorado

5) Peak to Peak Scenic and Historic Byway The Peak to Peak Byway deserves its scenic and historic designation. The spectacular stretch runs from Highway 6 outside Black Hawk all the way to Estes Park, taking you past old mines, ghost towns and some high country lakes. If you'd like to get up close and personal with nature, stop off in Nederland for some high-country hiking.

Five Places to Catch Fall Colors in Colorado
Courtesy of St. Mary's Glacier Facebook page

4) Fall River Road to St. Mary's Alice Glacier Yes, you'll have to start out on I-70, but only to exit 238, where the Fall River Road will take you to the St. Mary's trailhead. Not only does the drive alone provide spectacular views, but you can drink in all the fall colors while hiking up to the glacier. Don't drop your camera in that pool of glacial water.

Five Places to Catch Fall Colors in Colorado

3) Cache la Poudre-North Park Byway Take Highway 287 out of Fort Collins to Highway 14, and you won't be able to miss the changing colors. You'll also see the great pines alone the Poudre River, and perhaps even elk and bighorn sheep among the reds and yellows of the canyon Keep reading for more spots to still see fall colors.

Five Places to Catch Fall Colors in Colorado

2) Trail Ridge Road There's no better way to experience the glories of fall in Colorado than taking Trail Ridge Road through Rocky Mountain National Park all the way to Grand County -- covering thousands of feet of elevation and all kinds of terrain, from hillsides of golden aspen to fields of snow. And snowdrifts -- this week, the road was closed because of snow, but crews were hoping to have it open by this weekend. Even if you can't go the distance, though, Estes Park alone is a great place to spend a day.

The view at Crested Butte yesterday.
The view at Crested Butte yesterday.
Chris Segal for Crested Butte Mountain Resort

1) Crested Butte Winter is on its way. Crested Butte just got three inches of snow, and those white peaks present quite a contrast to the still golden mountainsides. Hop on the highway and take a road trip to this colorful mountain town while the highways are still clear.


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