We are headed into peak fall color season here on the Western Slope. With our peak season typically from September 24th to October 4th, it is time to start planning those fall color trips and or family photography shoots. There is nothing more stunning then looking out across a mountain top that is filled with the golden hues of red, orange, and yellow. You can feel fall surround you like a big crisp hug. It is one of the best times of the year. Below is a few great ideas for some local spots to see the Best Fall Colors on the Western Slope!
Top 5 Places to See Fall Colors on the Western Slope!
- Kebler Pass is one of the best passes in the entire state to see some beautiful fall colors. Located between Crested Butte and Paonia with 50 square feet of aspens you will be surrounded by colors. Kebler Pass is 10,007 feet above sea level and goes through Gunnison National Forest.
- Marble Colorado is an adventure in its own. Marble is the site of an old Marble Mine, hence the name. Some of the marble that came out of the Yule Mine made it’s way to some incredible landmarks such as the Tomb of the Unknowns, Lincoln Memorial and the Equitable Building. The drive to marble is stunning. You will love viewing all the fall colors on your drive up to Marble and through town. Not to mention viewing the colors around the Crystal Mill and the Ragged Wilderness Area.
- Grand Mesa Byway is one of the closets fall color views to us here in the Grand Valley. Whither you choose to see your colors in the Plateau Canyon, Lands End, Land of Lakes or all three. You will not be disappointed. There are miles and miles of colors up there that make The Grand Mesa not only one of the best drives to take in the fall but also one of the best photography spots!
- Vega State Park is located on the northeast side of Grand Mesa National Forest. It is not in the typical Byway loop but it is just as beautiful. If you are thinking about heading to Vega to see the colors then don’t forget to bring along your state parks pass and possibly your fishing pole! If you have time it would be a great family adventure to spend the day at the lake amongst all the colors.
- Black Canyon of the Gunnison is one of the most stunning views in all of Colorado. If you have not taken the time to see it then I highly recommend you add it to your bucket list now! The views into the canyon are unlike anything you have ever seen before! Side note: you can also hike to the Gunnison River on the bottom of the Black Canyon but it is very dangerous and requires a permit.
While your on your trip don’t forget to collect some of the beautiful leaves that have already fallen. After you do you will want to head over to our fun Wax Dipped Leaves Fall Project!
Do you like to take your family out to view the fall colors? There are so many great spots across the western slope. We would love to hear about your favorites! Let us know in the comments below!