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UPDATED FOR 2013
The Best Places: To View Colorado's Fall Aspens
SOUTH & WESTERN COLORADO MAPS
The San Juan Skyway: Hwy 550 between Durango and Silverton. map
Missionary Ridge on East Animas Road: 11 miles north of Durango paralleling Highway 550. Follow east Animas Road to Henderson Lake. map
Spud Lake up Old Lime Creek Road: Take Hwy 550, 3 miles past Purgatory Ski Area, turn right on Old Lime Creek Road. 3 miles to Spud Lake. map
Miller Mesa: Just south of Ridgeway go left on County Road 5. map
Keebler Pass & Ohio Pass: From Crested Butte, head west on Co Road 12 over Keebler Pass to Paonia State Park. When traveling west on Rd 12, turn south at Co Rd 730, which will take you to Gunnison. keebler pass ohio pass
NORTHERN COLORADO MAPS
Highway 13 From Rifle: Take Highway 13 from Rifle into Meeker and continue into Craig. map
Sylvan Lake (Rifle): Exit I-70 at Eagle, drive south thru Eagle on Main Street to West Brush Creek Road, turn right and drive 16 miles to the park. map
Maroon Bells: Go west on Hwy 82 from Aspen. Turn southwest at Maroon Creek Road and follow the road to the parking area near Maroon Lake. map
Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park: Take I-25 to Hwy 34 or 36, go west to Estes Park. map Note: Before you go, make sure portions of RMNP are not closed due to elk breeding season.
Granby, Grand Lake: Take I-70 to Hwy 40, north to Granby, continue north on Hwy 36 to Grand Lake. map
Cameron Pass: Hwy 14 west of Ft Collins towards Walden. map
CENTRAL COLORADO MAPS
Ute Pass, Colorado Springs: Take I-25 south to Hwy 24, go west thru Manitou Springs and on up to Ute Pass. map
Gold Camp Road: Head southwest on Old Stage Road (near Broadmoor Hotel) in Colorado Springs, which will turn into Gold Camp Road. An incredible scenic drive and a full day's adventure, round-trip, as it takes you to Victor and Cripple Creek. It's a long drive on a dirt road traveling along an old railroad route. Note: Many online maps are not reliable and does not illustrate entire route. This is probably a more reliable map.
Rampart Range Rd: Take Hwy 67 west of Sedalia to Rampart Range Road. Follow all the way to Woodland Park. map
BEST TIME TO VIEW ASPENS
In most years, the best color over the northern mountains should start around the last week of September. Central mountains are about a week behind. And, the Southern Mountains begin the first two weeks of October. During 2012, however, we've had such a hot summar that the leaves are expected to peak about 1 week earlier than desribed in the image below. Take some time off to have a relaxing drive in the high country!
IMAGES OF COLORADO'S COLORFUL ASPEN SCENERY
GOLDEN CANOPY IN ARAPAHOE NATIONAL FOREST
A TYPICAL COLORADO FOREST
CLEAR CREEK CO, ARAPAHOE NATIONAL FOREST
FLAMING ASPEN GROVE AT PEAK VIEWING SEASON
VIEWS OF THE SAN JUAN RANGE
ASPEN STAND NEAR MT. SNEFFELS
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