Fall leaves at Independence Pass

2020 Guide to Fall Foliage in Colorado

September 26, 2020

Seeing the trees change to vibrant shades of orange and yellow foliage can still be done this year—even while practicing social distancing! Austin Dyer, Student Wellness Center outdoor adventure coordinator, said, “There are plenty of ways to appreciate the beautiful state we live in while respecting COVID-19 guidelines. Most of the time, you can see the colors in Colorado from the comfort of your car.”

We referenced 9News’ predictions to plan when the aspens would most likely be changing colors in some main Colorado locations. So, grab your quarantine crew and head out to see the autumn leaves illuminate the great outdoors!

Kenosha Pass
Kenosha Pass. Photo credit to Thomas W. Wilberding.

Best Fall Foliage for Sept. 11–29: Vail, Frisco

Even though this time period has passed, September is known as the prime month for leaf viewing in Colorado, so if you can squeeze in a drive within the week, you may still have some luck.

Pro-tips for these areas: You won’t be disappointed if you decide to drive Kenosha Pass or pick a hike that suits you in Rocky Mountain National Park. Also, for those who don’t want to venture too far from Denver, Golden Gate Canyon State Park is an excellent option.

Twin Lakes
Twin Lakes

Fall Foliage from Sept. 15–Oct. 3: Aspen, Crested Butte

Pro-tips for these areas: Twin Lakes, Independence Pass, or Kebler Pass are all amazing spots to look into for autumn sightseeing. Trust us, we verified them ourselves.

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Bear Creek Falls in Telluride

Best Tree Spots for Sept. 24–Oct. 7: Ouray, Telluride

Pro-tips for these areas: If you decide to venture to either of these towns, you’ll be rewarded, as Aspen trees are everywhere you look. Bridal Veil Falls is something that should be on your to-do list.