You would think a state with so many evergreens would miss out the colorful seasonal, leaf-changing splendor known as fall. However, Colorado has a few tricks up her sleeve when it comes to splashing her hillsides with the oranges and yellows that signal the new season—namely, aspens. These slender stunners change from vibrant green to brilliant gold during the month of September, creating bursts of color amongst the pines. We strongly suggest you head out soon, because these leaves don’t last forever. Pack some hot cider and your favorite sweater (some of these locations get chilly) and head out for a lovely morning of viewing fall leaves in Colorado Springs and beyond.
Aspen Gold Rush: Fall Leaves in Cripple Creek
Peak Fall Leaf Viewing: Cruise, Hike or Bike Pikes Peak
Perhaps you’re looking to view leaves in a more … all-encompassing way? Pikes Peak is probably the best bet for those hoping to look out upon the region as a patchwork quilt of Colorado color. There are multiple ways to traverse this famous 14er. The easiest is to hop on the highway itself, and journey up its proud switchbacks and unique life zones with frequent stops for sips of cider and autumn photos. The next easiest? Bicycle! You’re probably thinking that is an insane idea and not at all easy, but this is an all-downhill adventure. Challenge Unlimited takes you to the top by train or by van (feeding you breakfast first) and then lets you jam 20+ miles downward to a tasty lunch. The most challenging way to the top is via Barr Trail, a 13-mile hike that is not for beginners, but allows you to traverse the countryside with multiple photo opps and a reward of hot cocoa, snacks and even more great views at the summit.
Take a Hike: Fall Leaf Viewing at Local Colorado Springs Parks
When you live in a Rocky Mountain jewel like the Pikes Peak region, it’s really not hard to find a place to enjoy nature’s artistry. What’s hard is fitting a visit to all of them in before the leaves drop and the color of fall is replaced by the white blanket of winter. Pack up the camera and head out soon, these views won’t last much longer!
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