Where to Go
- Guanella Pass Scenic Byway, (mid-September to early October). This pass is accessible from Georgetown and extends through the Pike and Arapahoe National Forests while climbing to over 11,000 feet.
- Georgetown Loop Railroad, (late-September to early October). While in Georgetown to take Guanella Pass, take a ride on the rail to see the golden beauty surrounding the towns of Georgetown and Silver Plume.
- Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, (mid-September to early October). Extending from Black Hawk to Estes Park.
- Mt. Evans Scenic Byway, via Co. Hwy 103 from Evergreen to Echo Lake, (mid-September to mid-October). Perfect for an afternoon drive when you're short on time.
- Golden Gate Canyon State Park, (most of October). Only 20 miles west of Denver, this area is dotted with many Aspen groves and offers a fantastic panoramic of the Rockies.
Make a weekend out of it and enjoy a festival, too!
- Trail Ridge Road (mid-September to early October) and the Annual Elk Fest (late September/early October), Estes Park. As the highest paved road in North America, this is the top pick by many as it weaves through Rocky Mountain National Park from Estes Park to Grand Lake. Elk Fest includes Elk bugling, education, entertainment, and more.
- Maroon Bells (weekends only through mid-October) and the Annual Aspen Film Fest (late September), Aspen. The most photographed peaks in North America and accessible by shuttle only. The 35th Annual film fest will feature a diverse selection of films.
Photo by Tony Campbell