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- ROARING FORK VALLEY
There is no doubt the Roaring Fork Valley is known for its spectacle of autumn colors during September and October. Locals and visitors can both attest, autumn is a celebration of summer ending and ski season coming! Whether you are looking for a fun family-friendly event, a breathtaking hike through the trees, or a colorful fall drive there is something for everyone.
A 20-minute drive out of Aspen up Castle Creek Road brings you to Ashcroft. Not only is the leaf-peeping breathtaking, but while strolling around you get to learn about the silver mining years. Both educational and entertaining there are remains of several restored historical buildings to discover and take away a bit of Aspen history.
A nonnegotiable for locals and visitors in the Roaring Fork Valley, the Maroon Bells hails as one of the best areas for fall foliage and photography. Whether you are looking for a quick stroll around Maroon Lake or a longer hike up to Crater Lake this is the place for unforgettable fall memories. Please note that you must make a reservation this year to access the Maroon Bells. Head here for more info.
During the whole month of October head to the mountain top at the Glenwood Adventure Caverns for the ultimate fall celebration. The following Saturdays October 3, October 10, and October 17 will feature a full-blown Bavarian celebration with German music, contests, food, and more! For adults, there will be a designated German-style beer garden with beverages and special seasonal eats. Head here for more information on special events and activities!
Just a short drive out of Carbondale, Marble is truly one of the best places in the mid-valley to view fall colors. With expansive Aspen groves and towering mountain peaks blanketed in colors, it’s a spectacular sight. It’s a colorful paradise for just about everyone. For those looking for a short stroll, there are shops, restaurants, and local history around the quaint town. For those looking for a more adventurous view, hike to the remarkable Crystal Mill.
There is no better feeling than cruising through a field of towering golden Aspen trees. There are endless mountain biking trails throughout the whole Roaring Fork Valley. From Glenwood Springs to Aspen Snowmass enjoy stunning views and adventures by bike before the snow falls. Looking for more mountain bike fun? Head the Snowmass Bike Park for more exhilarating thrills then enjoy a brew or bite to eat the Elk Camp Restaurant.