Photos by Reid Neureiter
Colorado’s aspen leaves start turning bright gold and orange in mid-September, with trees in higher elevations turning faster than lower elevations. Excellent locations to see Colorado’s beautiful fall colors on a weekend drive include Kenosha Pass off of Highway 285, the Squaw Pass road from Bergen Park to Echo Lake, the Peak to Peak Highway, and the Guanella Pass road above Georgetown. Both Guanella Pass and Kenosha Pass offer trailheads that allow for hiking into the aspen groves. Venturing further, the section of I-70 running through East Vail offers seemingly endless groves of spectacular golden aspens, as do the hiking trails above the Bachelor Gulch section of the Beaver Creek resort. If you’re heading to the mountains on weekends, be sure to leave extra early to avoid the traffic.