// immerse yourself in the foliage //
If the cooler weather and shorter days are not enough, the state-wide blanket of golden foliage is nature’s way of indicating summer’s passing. Popular mountain towns such as Aspen and Estes Park are goldmines for foliage seekers, but standing among droves of visitors can make for an uneasy trip.
Luckily, Colorado has no shortage of colorful, foliage-drenched scenic byways for leaf-peepers to swoon over from the safety of their cars. Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park offers a seamless autumn experience that can be enjoyed from both the driver’s and the passenger’s side—just make sure to snag a reservation. For a shorter, yet slower trip, head to the Fourth of July trailhead just outside of Nederland. The bumpy ride forces leaf-peepers to take their time and enjoy the scenery.