There’s still time to catch fall colors peeping around the state. According to our readers, there are still plenty of fall colors out there. Here’s where you can find the last lingering fall colors around the beautiful and changing landscapes of Colorado.

Note: Please check weather conditions, current road conditions, and closures before planning your travels to Emerald Lake. High-elevation sites are often inaccessible due to snow, even in the early fall months. All roads are subject to closure depending on weather and other factors.

1. Kenosha Pass

The Colorado Trail winds through a colorful Aspen grove in Autumn color in the Kenosha Pass. Photo Credit: lightphoto (iStock).
The Colorado Trail winds through a colorful Aspen grove in Autumn color in the Kenosha Pass. Photo Credit: lightphoto (iStock).

Embrace fall by exploring the endless beauty of Kenosha Pass. Golden aspens shadow the 7-mile out-and-back-trail located near Jefferson. Soak in the mountain breeze as you journey through a high-altitude display of golden aspens. For show-stopping fall colors, this is one destination you don’t want to miss!

2. Kebler Pass

This photo was taken early in the morning just as the alpenglow was hitting East Beckwith Mountain near Kebler Pass. Photo Credit: Michael Schmitz (Flickr).
This photo was taken early in the morning just as the alpenglow was hitting East Beckwith Mountain near Kebler Pass. Photo Credit: Michael Schmitz (Flickr).

Head to Crested Butte for a glorious fall adventure. The aspens are glowing right now in vibrant shades of red, yellow, and orange nestled along the iconic Kebler Pass. This 10,007-foot mountain pass offers a scenic connection between the mountain towns of Crested Butte and Paonia. Leaf-peepers can enjoy a variety of hiking trails, dispersed campsites, and alpine lakes along the way.

Please note: Kebler Pass typically closes from November to May, weather dependent. Before you go, be sure to check for closures here.

3. Monarch Pass

Monarch Pass, Photo Credit: Breanna Sneeringer, OutThere Colorado
Photo Credit: Breanna Sneeringer, OutThere Colorado

Monarch Pass is the place to go for beautiful fall foliage. As you make your way up the 11,312-foot mountain pass, you’ll be greeted with an array of fall colors – golden yellows, fiery reds, and bright orange paint the mountainside in breathtaking beauty.

4. Peak to Peak Highway

Peak-to-Peak Highway. Photo Credit: Kent Kanouse (Flickr).
Peak-to-Peak Highway. Photo Credit: Kent Kanouse (Flickr).

For sparkling gold, begin your leaf-peeping adventure on CO Highway 7 in Estes Park along the Peak to Peak Highway. This 55-mile route is drenched in color right now. Beautiful fall shades of red, purple, orange, and yellow are guaranteed to dazzle.

5. Twin Lakes

Twin Lakes Mountain Pass OutThere Colorado
The Collegiate Peaks covered in the golden aspen trees of autumn.

Soak in the changing landscapes as you feast your eyes on a grove of fall colors at Twin Lakes. Located just a short distance from Buena Vista, this is a great spot for snagging views of granite peaks and blazing fall colors. Bring your camera and enjoy the colors while they last!

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