It seems like school just got out, summer was just beginning, and there were plenty of days to spend at the pool. Yet, here we are, kids are back at school, the pools are closed, and the weather is starting to cool. There are a couple of positives to the summer winding down, fall is here and the leaves are changing. What better way to really get into the changing seasons than a drive to see the beautiful colors of fall? Here is a list of five of some of the best drives that you need to take this fall to enjoy the Colorado colors.

Trail Ridge Road

Take a drive up north to Estes Park and travel on Colorado’s highest road west to Grand Lake. With elevations over 11,000 feet, this road through Rocky Mountain National Forest provides amazing views, lots of aspens, and plenty of opportunities to see wildlife. If you feel like getting out and going for a hike, there are plenty of opportunities when you are in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Maroon Bells

Accessible only by car, this Aspen getaway is bound to impress. In addition to seeing some amazing foliage, you’ll have the opportunity to see the two peaks that are the most photographed in North America. However, plan your trip accordingly, from Labor Day through October the drive is only open on weekends.

Guanella Pass

This is the perfect drive if you don’t want to travel too far from Denver. One hour west on I-70 to Georgetown then head over the pass. The drive is a mix of paved and gravel roads and there are a few tight turns, so make sure you a driving a car that can handle it and you’re driving on a day when the weather won’t take a sudden turn towards winter. 

Central City Parkway

A great way to see some leaves and get a little adult entertainment in! Take I-70 West to the Central City Parkway and enjoy the changing aspens before entering the small towns of Central City and Blackhawk. This is a great drive to take if you’ve been putting off a drive to some of the higher elevations where the majority of the leaves have already fallen off.

Peak To Peak Scenic Byway

Established in 1918, it’s one of Colorado’s oldest byways. And being fifty-five miles along the front range it makes it a great drive whether you are starting in Denver, Boulder, or Fort Collins. The byway is made up of highways 7, 72, and 119.

With the cooler weather we’ve been experiencing the past month, some leaves have already started to change. Don’t put off enjoying some of the beautiful foliage in Colorado for too long. If you notice that the leaves in Denver have started changing, it is a perfect time in the high country to see some of the colors. Pack up the family, a picnic lunch, and a camera and head out for a beautiful drive this fall.