10 Sep Best Fall Colors Near Glenwood Springs
Fall is in the air and one of the best ways to take in the season is with a fall color drive in or near Glenwood Springs. After your excursion, continue to relish the scenery with a riverside soak at Iron Mountain Hot Springs.
There is so much to love about fall—the kids are in school, football is back on, and pumpkin spice lattes are ubiquitous! Another fall activity that tops the autumn love list is leaf-peeping in Glenwood Springs. Find out where to go for landscape views bursting with seasonal Colorado color. After your drive, continue to appreciate nature’s artistry with an outdoor soak in the geothermal waters at Iron Mountain Hot Springs!
Colorful Colorado Scenery on Steroids!
Fall is nature’s last hurrah before the arrival of winter. The beauty of the high country in autumn is breathtaking and so are these drives that range from short jaunts to longer day trips.
Sunlight Mountain Resort. The ski runs at Sunlight are banked by dense groves of aspen trees that, in September and October, create a stunning scene in shades of gold. For a close-up look, take a stroll through Babbish Gulch, an interconnected network of paths that become the resort’s Nordic trail system once the snow flies.
Colorado Mountain College Spring Valley Campus. Even before you reach campus, the oak brush on the way to the community college sets the tone with fiery reds and oranges. As the campus rolls into view, so do vistas of Mt. Sopris across the Roaring Fork Valley. By mid-fall, a dusting of snow usually graces the near-13,000-foot peak.
Marble/Redstone. An easy drive from Glenwood Springs, visit the historical towns of both Redstone and Marble. Two-lane State Highway 133 passes by ranches, farms, waterfalls, coal coking ovens and even a castle, all accented by gorgeous fall foliage. After Redstone, turn off for Marble and enjoy back-country color in the rustic mountain hamlet.
McClure Pass/Kebler Pass. Among the most stunning leaf-peeping drives in Colorado, McClure Pass is paved while Kebler Pass is not. Stick to the blacktop for frame-worthy panoramic autumn vistas or head over Kebler to connect with pretty picnic spots and hiking trails.
Independence Pass. Another scenic stunner, this drive culminates at 12,095-feet above sea level. Follow State Highway 82 through Aspen and up the pass, and the roadway tops out at the Continental Divide where views of some of Colorado’s highest peaks are visible.
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