Tis the Season for Leaf Peepin’

On Sep 24, 2021
Listed in Real Estate news

Those cool crisp mornings have started to greet us in the mountains and we’re watching the colors become more vibrant every day. Wednesday, September 22 marks the official beginning of fall in 2021 but we feel it a little early in the Roaring Fork Valley. Did you know that Aspen trees grow all the time, even in winter? The National Forest Foundation tells us what goes on beneath the bark of an Aspen tree and what animals depend on them during the cold months.

We love sharing our favorite hikes, drives and lookout spots for fall leaf peeping and hope you’re able to enjoy that iconic golden glow somewhere in the mountains this year. Some beautiful spots to see the colors:

Drive Over Independence Pass:

An iconic drive through some of the most scenic mountain views in Colorado. Add some fall color and this drive is simply breathtaking. Take the quick drive, stop for a day hike or plan a few nights of camping to take in peak colors of the Aspen trees!  

Maroon Bells:

One of the most photographed mountains in the world, and with good reason! The maroon bells are stunning any time of year, but there is nothing quite like the bells at peak fall colors! 

Smuggler Mountain Open Space:

Considered “Aspen’s Backyard,” Smuggler Mountain has trails of all lengths and difficulty to take in some of the best fall scenery. 

Drive over Kebler Pass:

While not as well known as Independence Pass, this partial dirt road that connects the Roaring Fork Valley to Crested Butte and gives way to some truly spectacular fall colors. 

Silver Queen Gondola and Elk Camp Gondola

Take the easy route to spectacular views from atop Aspen and Snowmass Mountain.

Happy Fall!