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Idaho Springs is the Best Place to See Colorado Fall Colors

Idaho Springs is the Best Place to See Colorado Fall Colors

Road winding through the Colorado fall colors

Colorado is nationally known for its gorgeous foliage each autumn. The quaking aspens with their shimmering golden leaves are dazzling to behold! Whether you’re a local or travelling from out of state, driving or hiking to see the Colorado fall colors is an absolute must each fall!

Driving

For a quick day trip that is sure to inspire, look no further than Squaw Pass! This short, 30-mile drive takes you from Evergreen up to Idaho Springs. In addition to seeing beautiful hillsides full of Colorado aspen trees, you pass by Echo Lake. If you’re feeling hungry, the Echo Lake Lodge Restaurant is a great American-style restaurant with a wonderful view of the mountains and a gift shop!

Hiking

If you want to view the Colorado fall colors up close, hiking is the way to go! To find excellent trails for hikers of all skill levels, All Trails has some wonderful resources. They provide detailed maps, time estimates for each route, descriptions of each hike, and weather forecasts. (As with any hiking, please be sure to check for any seasonal trail closures in case of inclement weather.) There are trailheads near Echo Lake Park and Squaw Mountain Trail if you would like to add a hike to your day trip. Whether you decide to hike right through the aspens or climb to St. Mary’s Glacier for a bird’s eye view of the surrounding mountains, there is definitely a hike around Idaho Springs that will be a good fit for you. 

Timing

Make sure to stop by Idaho Springs soon, because the ideal time for aspens to change color is between mid-September and October. Since Idaho Springs is at a slightly higher elevation, our trees change color slightly earlier than other parts of the state. Be sure to plan your trip to Idaho Springs soon! The beautiful Colorado fall colors are sure to take your breath away. 

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