Leaf Peeping Day Trips Around Denver

The glowing gold aspens of the Colorado Rocky Mountains are the talk of the town during this time of year. The annual “Changing of the Aspens” sends locals and visitors straight to the hills for some of the best aspen-peeping in the country.  Usually beginning to change in mid-September, the colors typically don’t last long with the last of the leaves falling by the end of October.  With so many scenic routes right in our own back yard, Denver has the perfect vantage point for a fall foliage tour.

Fall Foliage

Here are a few spectacular routes and day trips to consider for a look at one of Mother Nature’s most breathtaking seasonal transformations:

Georgetown Loop Railroad: Get a taste of autumn in the Old West with a 75-minute locomotive tour through Georgetown and Silverplume. The Georgetown Loop Historic Mining and Railroad Park is located less than an hour west of Denver and offers amazing views of the rugged Colorado landscape.

Rocky Mountain National Park: Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park is the highest continuous paved road in North America. With more than eight miles lying above 11,000 feet and a maximum elevation 12,183 feet, Trail Ridge Road provides a stellar view of the golden aspen leaves and autumn mountain scenery.

St. Mary’s Glacier: Located just an hour west of Denver in Idaho Springs is a windy road boasting some of the state’s most beautiful aspen groves. The road ends at the St. Mary’s Glacier trailhead where you can opt for a short 45-minute hike through 3/4 mile trail surrounded by sprawling forests of glowing aspens.

Peak to Peak Scenic & Historic Byway: This 55-mile long route provides fantastic views of the Continental Divide and travels through six different  scenic attractions including Rocky Mountain National Park, Golden Gate Canyon State Park, Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests, Indian Peaks Wilderness Area and Eldora Ski Resort.

 

Send off The Summer in Style – Labor Day in Denver

As we say goodbye to another summer, the City of Denver will play host to a number of family friendly activities to send it out with a bang over this long Labor Day Weekend.  From delectable food sampling down at the Civic Center to baseball games to music festivals, if you’re looking for a way to spend your extra day off, you’re sure to find plenty of options in the Mile High City.

Denver.org provides a great guide of events and activities to attend for those seeking some fun, and of course, if you’re looking for a holiday feast, come join us for a spectacular Labor Day themed Sunday Brunch.

While we’re sad to see summer go, there’s nothing more enjoyable than a Colorado autumn when the leaves start to changes hues and the air is crisp and cold.  When it gets chilly, don’t forget to warm up with a cup of tea at The Brown Palace….but for now, let’s celebrate these last few blissful days of summer.