Time to dust off your favorite hiking boots and bundle up for one of the most colorful displays of fall foliage known to man – Colorado’s Aspen Groves. Explore nature’s masterpiece in all its glory with our top picks for Colorado’s Best Fall Hikes. FALL FOILAGE TIP | The best viewing opportunities in Colorado start during the last two weeks of September through the first week of October.
Kebler Pass in Crested Butte is by far one of the best hiking trails in Colorado. Renown for its golden aspen groves, it is also home to one of the largest living organisms on the planet due to the Aspen trees sharing the same root system. With the exception of the road climb to Kebler Pass it is comprised mostly of singletrack on a nearly 15-mile loop.
For those willing to drive a bit farther for a scenic hike, the views near Rifle Falls State Park in Colorado are unmatched. Timing is everything, as the colors peak for only a week or so—usually in late September. Rifle Falls State Park is one place that offers a multitude of campsites surrounded by thick, colorful foliage and a nearby waterfall. Take the whole family for a camping trip they will never forget.
Maroon Bells in Aspen is one of the most photographed spots in all of Colorado. The reflection in Maroon Lake has graced many a cover, from magazines to postcards, and coffee table books multiple times over. The Bells are about a 3.5-hour drive from Denver, but offer some of the world’s most stunning views. Opt for the Maroon Bells scenic loop, which is 3.4 miles and takes a little over two hours. Leave early and make a daytrip of it, or stay overnight to catch the sunrise the next morning. Either way you’ll be glad you did.
Looking for something a bit closer to home? Check out the Flatirons Vista Trailhead . This easy to moderate hiking area offers two loops with ponderosa pines and meadows that skirt the famous Flatirons just south of Boulder. All skill levels will enjoy the mix of wide-open spaces and winding pathways that capture the natural essence and beauty of the foothills.
Kenosha Pass West near Bailey offers up to 24 miles of spectacular scenery, flourishing with panoramic vistas of the valley below. This is a section of Colorado trail that is extremely accessible, located right off HWY 285, a quick jaunt from downtown Denver.
Hessie Trailhead to Lost Lake near Nederland is a shorter 2.7-mile round trip hike that is big on scenery and sits just outside the boundary of the Indian Peaks Wilderness area. Only an hour’s drive from Denver, the surrounding mountains are gorgeous year round, but it’s particularly breathtaking in the fall.
The Mount Evans Wilderness Area contains two 14ers and some incredible glacial basins that offer incredible scenery and a wealth of gorgeous fall foliage. Try the Hells Hole Trail near Idaho Springs, which consists of 8.2 miles out and back. Beautiful alpine views and aspen groves sneak through the mountain range with 1600 feet of elevation gain. The trail begins at the Chicago Creek picnic area with signs marking the trailhead for easy navigation. In the end, you’ll discover a meadow filled with interesting trees that are the origin of the trailhead’s namesake.
Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty wishes you a safe and enjoyable Autumn season in the colorful state of Colorado. Contact the U.S. Forest Service Fall Color Hotline at 1-800-354-4595 for more information or visit www.fs.fed.us.