At Bear Creek Towing, we’re very familiar with where to see the leaves change in Colorado this time of year. And if you live in Denver, you have a lot of choices if you want to enjoy the beautiful fall foliage. Within a two-hour drive from the city, you can explore 5 distinct climate zones, each with its own peak leaf transition period, according to its elevation.
If you’d like to start planning a weekend road trip over the next few weeks, read on to learn where to see the leaves change in Colorado. If your fall travels (or any other trips) bring you to Evergreen, Conifer, West Golden, or the surrounding mountain areas, and you find yourself with car trouble, we’re here to help you out with friendly, emergency towing services.
Mid to Late September
The Aspens first start to turn from shades of green to gold at the highest altitudes. During the month of September, the best sites to see beautiful leaves are up in the mountains at Guanella Pass, with a peak elevation of 11,670 feet, and in the Rocky Mountain National Park. There, you can view aspen groves surrounding Bear Lake and enjoy the great outdoors in all of its glory.
Late September to Mid October
During these weeks, forests between 9,000 and 7,000 feet will put on the best show. An hour’s drive from Denver are the towns of Silver Plume and Georgetown, conveniently connected by the Georgetown Loop Railroad. Riding this vintage steam locomotive is a fun weekend activity any time of year, but during the fall, it offers spectacular views of the changing landscape.
The Month of October
Lower elevation parks between 6,000 and 8,000 feet will display their brightest colors during October. Golden Gate Canyon State Park, less than an hour from Denver in the foothills, boasts one of the best views of the Rocky Mountains, as well as plenty of lower elevation Aspen groves. Our own Evergreen, Colorado defies its name and puts on a decent show of color in October. Hike Three Sisters park or drive the Lariat Loop Scenic Byway for the best views.
October to Mid-November
Late fall brings out the best in the trees of Denver metro. Denver’s 200 parks are filled with a great variety of color changing trees and many of them connected by scenic bike trails. Try one of the most popular, Cherry Creek Bike Trail, or challenge yourself with the more technically difficult Colorado Trail, for an active and scenic day of adventure. Some of the most spectacular parks for watching the leaves turn are City Park, Washington Park, and Sloan’s Lake.
Now that you know where to see the leaves change in Colorado, there’s plenty of great reasons to get out there with your friends or family. Just remember to take precautions when driving on rural roads – make sure you have extra clothes, blankets, food and emergency supplies in your vehicle in case you break down in a remote area. If you find yourself in a sticky situation, Bear Creek Towing offers 24-hour emergency roadside assistance and towing. Just give us a call.