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Best Scenic Drives to See the Fall Colors in Colorado

Fall Colors Western Colorado
Tim Gray

Fall is one of the most beautiful seasons in Colorado as the aspens change from greens to vibrant reds, oranges and golds. Here are five of the best drives to see the gorgeous fall colors in Colorado.

 


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Grand Mesa Scenic Byway

 

 

 
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Driving the world’s largest flat-top mountain, you’ll enjoy the magnificent colors from the areas scrub oaks that contrast the glowing aspen stands along this glorious drive. Don’t forget to stop and enjoy many of the 300 mountain lakes that pepper the mountain top.

West Elk Loop

 

 

 
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Enjoy a blissful drive through Paonia, Gunnison, Crested Butte and Crabondale along the West Elk Loop through the Elk Mountains. This drive passes through meadows, rivers, canyons and vast groves of aspen.

San Juan Skyway

 

 

 
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Enjoy one of Colorado’s most white-knuckling drives as you pass through Telluride, Durango, Silverton and Ouray. On this awe-inspiring drive you’ll pass through the San Juan and Uncompahgre National Forests, insane cliffs and plenty of colorful aspen stands.

Top of the Rockies

 

 

 
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While this drive isn’t considered western Colorado, it’s still a fantastic drive to see the vivid colors of autumn. The Top of the Rockies byway will take you over the continental divide, while following the Arkansas River past old mining camps with views of a few of Colorado’s 14ers.

Peak to Peak

 

 

 
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The Peak to Peak is Colorado’s oldest scenic byway that will offer you views of valleys filled with aspen stands as you cross the Continental Divide through old mining towns before you end in the Rocky Mountain National Park.

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