Fall Leaves In Denver

If you enjoy the beautiful red, orange, gold and brown leaves that signal autumn’s return, Denver is the place to be! Thanks to five climate zones within a two-hour drive of Downtown, the area has one of the longest periods of fall foliage in the country, beginning in mid-September and going through mid-November.

VISIT DENVER has compiled a handy list of scenic places to visit at various elevations and periods, so you can experience the height of fall colors throughout the season. The places just an hour away from Denver (or less) are listed below. 


From mid-September to Early October, head to:

Guanella Pass This 22-mile road leap frogs the divide between the South Platte and Clear Creek watersheds. With aspen groves at all elevations, you’ve got a good chance at seeing color here. 

From late September to mid-October, head to:

Georgetown and Silver Plume Two of the state’s best-preserved Victorian towns are surrounded by aspen groves. A fun way to enjoy the scenery is a ride on the Georgetown Loop Railroad

During most of October, head to:

Golden Gate Canyon State Park In addition to aspen groves at lower elevations, this park (Colorado’s second-largest) offers panoramic views of the Rocky Mountains. 

From early October to mid-November, head to:

The Highline Canal Lined with cottonwood trees that turn yellow in the fall, this canal (which dates back to 1883) winds through Denver for more than 70 miles.

Where are you favorite places to see fall leaves? Let us know on Twitter!

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