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.

 

The Aspens May Be Changing, But Your Skin Doesn’t Have To

It may only be the end of August, but fall is right around the corner and you’ll be trading your swimwear for a cozy winter jacket in no time. As Denver temps begins to fluctuate in anticipation of the fall season, it’s time to start thinking about adjusting your skin care routine before winter wrinkles get the best of you. Here are some tips on making the adjustment from summer glow to fall radiance.

Stay Hydrated.
A Mile High mantra to say the least, staying hydrated is of utmost importance to maintain good health in our arid climate. Especially in the colder months, the air can drain the moisture from your skin leaving you dry and itchy. Drink plenty of water and green tea to keep your skin hydrated and flush toxins from your body. Not to mention, it’s a perfect excuse for afternoon tea at the Brown Palace! Here’s a trick: If your watch (or anything, really) leaves an impression in your skin after staying in place for twenty minutes, you are not well hydrated. Drink a glass of water or two.

BP Spa

Exfoliate and renew.
Sun, salt and chlorine have spent months wreaking havoc on your skin. Start the fall season off fresh and treat yourself to at least one good facial or full-body exfoliation treatment to buff off the old and bring in the new. Maintain the benefits by doing a gentle exfoliation once a week.

Maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Eating a well-balanced diet and establishing a regular exercise routine is a year-round commitment you should take seriously for every seasons. A healthy, active lifestyle is the foundation for beautiful skin and will keep you feeling great all year long. Foods rich in Omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants can help reverse summer damage and boost your skin’s defenses against environmental aggravates. Include seasonal produce in your diet like pears, apples, pomegranates and oranges to boost antioxidant protection.

Re-up your skin care regime.
Adjust your skin care routine for winter and stock up on rich winter skin care products, especially your daily moisturizer. First, wash with warm water and a pH-balanced daily cleanser, follow with a toner that does not contain alcohol (the alcohol dries out your skin) and finish with a complex daily moisturizer.

Pucker up.
Nothing is worse than cracked red lips in the fall and winter months. Find an ultra-luxurious lip balm you love and stock up for the season. Put one in your handbag, desk drawer and center console to ensure you are never without a quick fix for your lips.