That being said, I want to share my favorite places thus far to provide some ideas for other Coloradans looking to get out and peep some leaves!
Kenosha Pass ~ 2 Hours from Denver
The leaves are expected to “peak” between September 20th until October 10th, but every year this changes with the weather.
To find the most up-to-date conditions, I recommend checking Instagram locations, Snapchat Maps, and joining Facebook Groups for Fall foliage viewing or hiking (like The Women Who Hike Group!) This is how I find the best new places to peep leaves!
Read more from my 2020 hike around Kenosha Pass with my mom, here!
Leadville Scenic Train ~2 1/2 hours from Denver
Golden Gate Canyon ~45 minutes from Denver
Another prime location for Fall hiking is not far from Denver. Golden Gate Canyon State Park is northwest of the city tucked just into the foothills.
There are miles of trails inside the park. I hiked the Horseshoe Trail to Frazer Meadow with my dogs, and it was heavenly.
I found the trail on the website AllTrails.com. Check out my completed hike here.
Great Sand Dunes National Park ~3 hours from Denver
One place you might not think of around Falltime is The Great Sand Dunes National Park. There aren’t too many trees in the sand, but the ones around Medano Creek and the surrounding Sangre de Cristo Mountain Range are stunning when they change, especially when you can get a bird’s eye view from the top of the dunes.
Not to mention, the Fall is one of the coolest times to play among the potentially scorching-hot dunes. We obtained backcountry permits and camped INSIDE the sand dunes September 27th, 2019. Read and see more from this wild trip here!
This year's intended locations:
Here are places we hope to make it to in fall 2021. The leaves change quickly so we will see how much we can squeeze into this short window!
Georgetown Loop Railroad ~1 hour from Denver
Just like Leadville, we hope to take a scenic train ride around Georgetown and maybe even tour an old mine! Each scenic train in Colorado is different, and we can’t wait to see what this one has in store.
See another ride we’ve taken through Colorado on The Royal Gorge Route Railroad here!
Crystal Mill ~3 1/2 hours from Denver
Steamboat Springs ~3 hours from Denver
I recently took a trip through Rocky Mountain National Park to Steamboat Springs, and the leaves were just barely starting to change.
It got me excited for Fall, and I hope I can swing back over to Steamboat do some fly fishing soon!
This time around, we plan to backpack and camp among the aspens. We are so excited for this plan to go the first weekend of October. I hope we're not too late!
Check out my video from 2020 to see just why I want to go back for this year’s Fall foliage trip.
Checkout my other guides to Colorado's great places below:
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