Best Time to View Fall Colors in Colorado


The changing of the leaves is one of the absolute best times to visit the Colorado Rockies. The white bark of the aspen trees contrasts beautifully against the golden, orange and red palettes of the changing leaves, creating a stunning color combination that will permanently etch itself in your mind for years to come.

Generally, the change of seasons in Colorado occurs in mid-September, and peak fall leaf viewing occurs in late September through mid-October. There are several different locations to enjoy the stunning scenery, with Vail, Aspen and Colorado Springs being among our favorite.


ASPEN

There’s a reason why this beautiful town is called Aspen. With an abundance of Aspen groves, this sophisticated, small town just might be our favorite location to view the changing colors.  On your fall trip to Aspen, make sure to pencil in a hike to The Maroon Bells. This stunning location is easily one of the most photographed mountain settings in all of North America. Your Cuvée Experience Curator can arrange an excursion to the scenic Maroon Lake, where the golden Aspen trees frame a reflection of the purple-and-white-striped peaks of the Bells.

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VAIL

We recommend embarking on a hike to Booth Falls. This 3.9 mile round trip hike winds its way through glades of Aspen trees, across babbling brooks and ends at a beautiful waterfall. The trail is rated as moderate, which means almost everyone can enjoy it. Your Cuvée Experience Curator can arrange an early hike, complete with transportation and a gourmet picnic lunch, so you don’t have to fight over a parking spot with the locals.

BEAVER CREEK

The Beaver Lake trailhead is situated just out the back door of The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch. This 4.8 mile round trip is family friendly and winds through beautiful Aspen Groves and guides you to at Beaver Lake, the perfect location to enjoy your gourmet picnic freshly-prepared by your Experience Curator, Crystal.

The Beaver Lake trailhead is situated just out the back door of The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch. This 4.8 mile round trip is family friendly and winds through beautiful Aspen Groves and guides you to at Beaver Lake, the perfect location to enjoy your gourmet picnic freshly-prepared by your Experience Curator, Crystal.

COLORADO SPRINGS

Just an hour’s drive south of Denver, Colorado Springs is an convenient yet stunning location to view some of the best foliage around. One of Cuvée’s favorite viewing location is Mueller State Park, and not just because it shares a name with our owner, Larry Mueller! The park features miles of trails and a abundance of wildlife. We recommend embarking on the Cheesman Ranch Loop hike – a 5.4 mile moderate hike that winds its way through groves of Aspens and meadows.

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