Colorado’s Top 5 Leaf-Peeping Drives
Discover Leaf-Peeping Drives this FallAre you looking for some spectacular leaf-peeping drives this fall? Colorado has 26 designated scenic byways, all lighting up during autumn. Discover sights to behold and learn about the historical significance of these fantastic routes from times gone by. Below are some of our favorite scenic byways that are truly delightful, especially in the fall. Please look at our leaf-peeping guide if you need more information about the best places and times to experience the fall colors.
Colorado's Top 5 Leaf Peeping-DrivesOuray, Silverton, Durango, Dolores, and Telluride. In addition to the spectacular drive, the connecting towns are full of places to see and things to do, such as the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad (D&SNGRR) scenic train ride, an incredible way to leaf peep.
The Goldbelt Tour - Many Leaf-Peeping DrivesStart the tour from Florissant, just 34 miles west of Colorado Springs. Plus, the autumn drive on Highway 24 is also spectacular. The Gold Belt Tour is considered one of Colorado's most scenic byways and a renowned National Historical landmark. Another leaf-peeping option with historical significance is to take Highway 285, the old stagecoach route, out of Denver to Fairplay. Then, you can head south to Highway 24. Crested Butte for an extended autumn drive.
Take a Leaf-Peeping Drive this FallFall is often considered the best time of year by many locals and tourists, and indeed, the best time of year to go on leaf-peeping drives. However brief, the changing colors and mountain-scapes take on new vistas and appreciation. With the busy summer season behind us, lodging, camping, and shopping opportunities are much more available throughout the State. Check out renting a cabin at one of Colorado's State Parks. The cool weather naturally draws people together to experience this marvelous time of year.
by Kathleen Fitzsimmons