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Fall Colors in Colorado

Staying in Longmont and want to take some fall foliage scenic drives?

Look no further! Longmont is home to 5 stunning locations all under 50 miles away to leaf peep to your heart's content and make the most of your fall Colorado vacation. 

Photo Credit: Joanie Wiesman

#1 Peak to Peak Scenic Byway

Another name for Colorado Highway 72, this scenic byway stretches all the way from Estes Park to Blackhawk. For prime leaf peeping, we recommend starting in the town of Nederland and working your way to Allenspark. 

Distance from Longmont: 32 miles

#2 Caribou Ranch Open Space

The drive up Highway 119 has some stunning, scenic views as you make your way to Nederland. Combining the DeLonde Trail and Bluebird Loop at Caribou Ranch creates a 4.2 mile hike full of fall colors! 

Tip: No pups allowed.

Distance from Longmont: 34 miles

#3 Gem Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park

Head to the outskirts of Rocky Mountain National Park to the Gem Lake Trailhead. The Gem Lake trail offers a path through the aspen groves, and also gives a panoramic view of Estes Park Lookout over the entire valley and Longs Peak.

Distance from Longmont: 35 miles

#4 Bear Lake Road in Rocky Mountain National Park

Head to Rocky Mountain National Park and grab a map at the entrance for Bear Lake Road. The road to Bear Lake is usually filled with lots of aspen trees and we highly recommend parking at the lot to take a loop around the lake during this time of year. The scenery is spectacular.

Distance from Longmont: 37 miles

#5 Golden Gate Canyon State Park

Golden Gate Canyon State Park, has many aspen groves at lower elevations, as well one of the best panoramic views of the Rocky Mountains. The 12,000-acre state park preserves a huge landscape of rolling evergreen covered foothills, sprinkled with bright gold aspen groves. There are miles and miles of hiking trails. Bootleg Bottom has a picnic area and is near the prettiest section of old growth aspens along the Mule Deer Trail as it winds to Old Barn Knoll. 

Distance from Longmont: 47 miles