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Best Spots for Fall Foliage in Colorado

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The timing of the leaf change and the degree of colors depends on many factors during the year, so it's hard to predict exactly when the leaves will start changing. But when they do, it happens all at once in a blaze of yellows. Here are the most iconic spots to drive, hike, or bike through in Colorado's autumn explosion.
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Grand Mesa, Colorado 81413, USA
Grand Mesa is one of the most spectacular places to see fall colors in Colorado. It overlooks the desert and the vineyards of Palisade. It's interesting to watch the mesa turn into an alpine environment as you near the summit at 11,000 feet. There...
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Bear Lake Rd, Estes Park, CO 80517, USA
There is fall foliage. And then there's the Odessa–Fern Lake backpacking circuit in Rocky Mountain National Park in late September. Most years, this is the peak of Colorado's crispest, most spectacular, leaf-gasmic yellowness, and on this day, as...
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Peak to Peak Hwy, Colorado, USA
It would take three or four hours to drive the whole Peak to Peak Highway from Estes Park to Interstate 70, but there are lots of reasons to take as long as you want, taking time to explore along the way. Along the 70-mile length of Colorado's...
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2515 Tunnel Rd, Estes Park, CO 80511, USA
There are 200 family cabins for rent at the YMCA of the Rockies Estes Park Center. If you're visiting the Rocky Mountain National Park area and NOT camping, there are plenty of hotels in town, and wonderful B&Bs and big lodges in the mountains,...
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1101 Co Rd 53, Granby, CO 80446, USA
A black metal snow hook anchors our wooden sled to a tire fixed to the ground, as each dog in the seven-husky team strains at its harness, barking and yipping with the excitement of the run. My musher, Martha Sortland, motions for me to take my...