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Great Places to See the Fall Colors in Colorado with the Family

Families planning trip to see the changing  fall colors, can find gold close to Denver as well as in the heart of the Rockies. 

You can catch the height of the changing aspen trees in a day trip or on a weekend getaway and find entertainment for the kids at the same time. 



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Did You Know?

Colorado is famous for its quaking aspen trees. It is said that local American Indians called them spirit trees because their leaves seem to always move.

A member of the poplar family, the aspen's leaf is attached in a way that allows the leaves to flutter in the slightest breeze.

The Latin name for this tree is Populus tremuloides. It is this tremulous quality that causes aspen-covered hillsides to shine with such an unusual, glimmering light.

Photo:  Changing aspen trees on the Mount Evans Road treat families
with beautiful fall color just a short drive from Denver. 

Frosty nights and warm days bring fall colors that flow through the forests like rivers of gold. Traveling in Colorado is never better than in the autumn. It is the perfect time for a quick family getaway.

The high country is full of places to see the changing aspen trees, but a few spots stand out. Here are our recommendations:


better to see the aspen trees change color than in Aspen, Colorado? This traditionally pricey town is quiet and surprisingly inexpensive in the fall. Check out the Maroon Valley to Maroon Bells.

Photo: A family spies on fish swimming in Maroon Creek,
near Aspen, Colorado.

The Oh My God Road

Less than an hour's drive from downtown Denver, an old route takes touring families into Colorado gold - the fall color kind as well as the mineral kind.

The Oh My God Road (sometimes called the Virginia Canyon Road) climbs over the mountain between Idaho Springs and Central City. Prospectors discovered gold in each place within a few months of each other, triggering the Colorado gold rush. The road switches back and forth up the grade, between abandoned hoist frames, shaft houses, and tailings piles. As it levels out on top, the Oh My God Road passes ghost towns and cemeteries, which along with the fall color, get the kids in the mood for autumn hijinks.

Photo: Fall color treats the eye along the Oh My God Road
from Idaho Springs to Central City, Colorado.

Mueller State Park

Forty-five minutes from Colorado Springs, on the west side of Pikes Peak, Mueller is one of the Colorado State Parks that offers families great hiking variety, wildlife viewing, and shimmering gold hillsides. It doesn't hurt that one of America's most famous mountains rises majestically above the park.   traditionally pricey town is quiet and surprisingly inexpensive in the fall.

Photo: Boys hike through forests laced
with shimmering golden aspen trees
in Mueller State Park, just west of Pikes Peak.

Georgetown Loop Railroad

Within an hour of Denver, the Georgetown Loop Historic Railroad gives visitors a taste of Colorado’s mining past, along with heavy servings of scenery, and Victorian villages. Impressive engineering is tossed in for spice.

Running trains on weekends and holidays through mid-October, the 1-hour ride is tailor-made for families. If your kids are over 7-years-old, add the tour of the Lebanon Mine. Best time to see the aspen change: mid-September through the beginning of October.   spice.

Photo:  The  antique steam locomotive of the Georgetown Loop Railroad
 plunges into a grove of golden aspen trees. Families ride in 
open air cars and get a scenic dose of Colorado mining history. 

Sylvan Lake State Park

Stretching through mountain valleys west and south of Vail, another Colorado State Park, Sylvan Lake State Park offers hiking, caving, historical ranch buildings, and an excellent visitor center. A jewel of a little lake lies tucked beneath drifts of aspen trees. Don't forget your fishing pole! 

Photo: At peaceful Sylvan Lake State Park, aspen trees flow through
pine forests, offering a great place to see
the changing fall colors in the mountains
southwest of Vail, Colorado.

Mount Evans Road 

For a quick outing from Denver to see the fall colors, a drive up the Mount Evans Scenic Byway is sure to be a kid pleaser. 

Watch for the sign at the beginning of the route, just past the US Forest Service ranger station on the right. It will tell you if the route is open all the way to the top of 14,265-tall Mount Evans.

Even if they close the road at spectacular Echo Lake (a Denver Mountain Park) because of snow, the lower section is lined with aspen trees that shimmer gold in the fall. 

Picnic areas line the route, from the Arapahoe National Forest Ranger Station in Idaho Springs at the beginning of the trip, to Echo Lake, providing numerous opportunities for lunch with a wonderful view. 

Photo: Ponder Point is just one of several picnic grounds
where families can stop for lunch along the beautifully
scenic Mount Evans Road. 

Lost Creek Wilderness Area

One hundred miles of trails wind through lumpy boulders and mountains in Lost Creek Wilderness Area (formerly Lost Creek Scenic Area). This is an ideal place to see the changing fall colors and go on a relatively easy hike or backpacking trip with the kids.   

Photo: Kids take a break at one of many scenic points
while on a hiking trip in Lost Creek Wilderness Area.

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