The higher elevations will show color earlier in the season, so this is when it’s a good idea to head for the hills and enjoy the fall foliage in the passes and the mountains. Later as the flaming golds, russets and crimsons spread downwards into Denver itself, stay closer to home and enjoy the many parks in Denver that exhibit some dramatic color.
From late September to mid-November the leaves will be predominated by gold, but including tones of orange and some red. There are groves of aspens around Bear Lake, and on the Peak to Peak Byway, on the way to Rocky Mountain National Park. Denver’s fall colors last longer than any city in the US because of the five different climate zones within a two-hour radius of downtown Denver. Color peaks times depend on the elevation – starting early in the season at 8,000 to 10,000 feet above sea level. From October to mid-November, the color comes creeping down the foothills to the plains around Denver. Take some time to plan your hike in the Rocky National Park – there are hundreds of miles of trails, so choose what suits the kid’s ages and family fitness levels – the website has all the information you should need.
When: Open 24 hours daily year round.
Cost: 1-Day Pass – Automobile – $20.00; valid for date of purchase; covers single, non-commercial vehicle with 16 or fewer passengers. 1-Day Pass – Per Person – $10.00; valid for date of purchase; applies to walk-ins, bicycles, and non-commercial groups.