As days get shorter and the nights get longer, Colorado’s foliage is getting to its color changing peak. Mid October might be the best time of year to enjoy the natural canvas color show that the State’s wilderness has to offer.
Fall in Colorado is an astonishing performance of colors and textures and it’s the perfect time to visit state parks and enjoy foliage displaying its best costume.
Many state parks are located along some of the most amazing scenic drives in Colorado, providing the perfect landscape for a weekend getaway to be able to enjoy Colorado’s fall splendor.
However, if the temperature drops to fast the show could end earlier, so don’t waste any time, pack some goodies for the road, your camera and hit the road through any of Colorado’s scenic drives and enjoy nature’s finest.
Best Scenic Drives
Autumn in the Canyons
This area provides a great opportunity of visiting two parks in the same day. The Golden Gate Canyon State Park and Eldorado Canyon State Park each provide a spectacular display of the annual fall gold rush. Both are located near the Denver metro area, and they are just about 30 miles apart from each other.
Grand Mesa Trip
Grand Mesa is an excellent option for the wildlife enthusiast. The mild climate encourages a variety of wildlife to wander in the dense forests of the area, as Fall brings crimson splashes and splatters of saffron to the valleys and mountains of Grand Mesa.
Up the I-70 Corridor
During the fall months, the drive up the I-70 corridor from Denver to Glenwood Springs is an unparalleled trip through the heart of the Rockies. Golden aspens paint the landscape on your way to Sylvan Lake, Rife Falls, Rifle Gap and Harvey Gap state parks.
Pikes Peak to River Country
As you drive from Colorado Springs to Buena Vista, golds, reds and oranges will guide your way to the Pikes Peak region of Colorado. Enjoy incredible views at Cheyenne Mountain State Park, Mueller State Park, Eleven Mile State Park and Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area.
The Forests of Northern Colorado
Experience the beauty of Colorado’s timberland beginning just 75 miles west of Fort Collins. State Forest, Steamboat Lake and Pearl Lake state parks beckon visitors to take a weekend away from the city. Find fall in the forest amid quiet paths covered in pine needles.
Other Ways to Enjoy Fall
Once you reach your destination, there are multiple ways activities you can perform to make the best of the season. For example, camping in a state park. This way you can stay longer and admire the show through the different lights and shadows of the day.
You can also take advantage and give your soul a treat while hiking, horseback riding, and bike riding. How about cruising on a lake or river and watch the sights from different angles.
Give yourself a treat and take a moment to enjoy one of nature’s at it’s finest.