Where to see the best fall colors this weekend!

Posted at 11:50 AM, Sep 18, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-18 13:50:06-04

Where are the best fall colors right now?

Here's a suggested route that will take you to several great, golden stops on a single tank of gas:


7NEWS photographers hit the road this week, and we asked several other photographers who shot photos this week, to share their pictures with you.

--Kenosha Pass--

(Photo taken Thursday by Phil Tenser)

Kenosha Pass on Highway 285 between Grant and Jefferson is popular with leaf watchers and photographers because you can get amazing shots right from the highway. The Colorado Trail crosses Highway 285 here so you can hike in either direction and be in the fall colors.


--Guanella Pass--

(Photo taken Thursday by Phil Tenser)

Guanella Pass between Georgetown and Grant gives fall color searchers a chance to see the colors at elevations between 9,000 and above. While the pass hits a high of 11,670, the pass is home to a 14,000-foot peak (Mt Bierstadt), so you can see the colors turning over a wide variety of elevations. With hillsides full of Aspen trees on both sides of the pass, this is a popular area for photographers.


--Maroon Bells--

(Photo taken Tuesday by Jeremy Swanson)

The Maroon Bells, near Aspen, but may be a bit of a drive from Denver, but thousands make the drive during the fall to take a photo of the Maroon Bells with the turning leaves reflecting in Maroon Lake. Because this area is so popular with visitors and photographers, the road is open to shuttle buses only from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m and there is a fee. Learn more here.


--Como, Colorado--

(Photo taken Wednesday by Cory Reppenhagen)

Meteorologist Cory Reppenhagan said he saw lots of leaf spot, but the colors were "still real nice" near Como.

Como is on Highway 285, past Kenosha Pass. It's a nice drive to take Boreas Pass from Como to Breckenridge.


--Rocky Mountain National Park--

(Photo taken by Erin Link Photography on Monday)

The leaves are turning around Rocky Mountain National Park.

Two of the most popular fall color hikes are the trail to Bierstadt Lake and Alberta Falls (see above). Check with the park ranger's for their advice on where to go.


Check out our special Fall Colors section for the best drives, Mike Nelson's fall colors calendar, why the leaves change color and more.