In the Solstice™ community tucked in the heart of Colorado, you and your family can enjoy half-day, full-day, or multi-day road trips to view the seasonal spectacle of changing leaves. We’ve rounded up five fantastic vantage points to find flora transitioning from green to gold — continue reading for our list of go-to hot spots.
Whether you set out just for the day or plan an overnight trip, Estes Park is a gorgeous destination for locals and out-of-state visitors alike. Rocky Mountain National Park offers world-class trails that are suitable for both beginners and experienced hikers. Capture the forest feeling by trekking Longs Peak — one of Colorado's iconic mountains that rises more than 14,000 feet above sea level.
Another famous fourteener, Pikes Peak — located above Manitou Springs — boasts ample opportunities to catch a glimpse of brilliant, bold colors. Here, you and your family can enjoy a leisurely car trip up the mountain’s winding roads then pull over to take it all in. Just down the road in nearby Colorado Springs you’ll find Garden of the Gods, where paved walkways make it easy for visitors of all ages to enjoy a scenic stroll to see the sights.
Each year, Aspen attracts those who love to shop, dine, hike, ski, and more. For a few special weeks in the fall, visitors can enjoy their favorite activities among jaw-dropping giants. With a name inspired by the unmistakable aspen tree, this popular area offers *so* many attractions and activities that your family may want to consider staying for a few days. Breathtaking Maroon Bells is only a four-hour drive away from Solstice!
Red Rocks Park
Easy to access, traverse, and enjoy, Red Rocks Park remains one of the most unique settings in the world. With relatively flat pathways and walking trails, you and your family can spend as much time looping around the park as you’d like. Take off along the Lariat Loop — a 40 mile scenic byway — that guides you past historic landmarks and along picturesque treelines. At Red Rocks, you’ll have no difficulty spotting the plants, animals, and towering trees that bring the area to life.
For a more in-depth tour of the state’s colorful transformation, let Independence Pass or the Million Dollar Highway escort you to a truly unique weekend getaway destination. Awe-inspiring views of Western Colorado are unlike any other along this route that stretches all the way to New Mexico. As you climb in elevation, stay warm in your car while meandering the peaks and valleys on the way. Remember to hop out and stretch your legs at one of the many scenic viewpoints along this famous stretch of roadway!
Spend time on almost any Colorado highway in early October and you’re likely to encounter brilliant fall colors — spots of red, yellow, orange, and gold blanket the Rocky Mountains as the seasons change and the trees prepare for winter. While on the road, stay safe by pulling over to one — or all — of these stunning vantage points to snap foliage photos and silly selfies. Don’t forget to share your journey with us on Instagram!