Some of the best things about fall are the beautiful changing colors and cooler weather, especially in Northern Colorado. As the temperature falls and the colors transform, it’s the perfect time of year to venture out, embrace your artistic side and take some photos! American Legend families in Northern Colorado have nature at their doorstep and are always right around the corner from a gorgeous scenic view.
Here are our favorites:
Trail Ridge Road
Trail Ridge Road winds high through the alpine countryside in Rocky Mountain National Park. Colors fill the hillsides and valleys nearly the whole way. Beyond the beautiful natural scenery, there are numerous things to see in the park, around Estes Park and Grand Lake, with charming historic districts lined with shops and restaurants. Another perk to the park is the fall elk rut, which generally lasts from mid September to mid October. Tens of hundreds of elks gather in one spot, with bull bugling heard from afar.
Peak to Peak Scenic and Historic Byway is Colorado's oldest, having been established in 1918. The byway starts in Boulder and offers unmatched views of the Continental Divide and its dramatic fall colors, providing miles of photo opportunities. The byway is about 60 miles in length with numerous stop off points along the route, including Rocky Mountain National Park, Golden Gate Canyon State Park, the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests, and the Indian Peaks Wilderness Area.
Colorado Highway 14 follows Poudre River and is a designated Colorado Scenic and Historic Byway between Fort Collins and the town of Walden. The area features scenic views in the Poudre Canyon and along the Poudre River, as well as large forests and towering mountain peaks. Stop at the Home Moraine Geological site, an area carved by glaciers, and keep an eye out for Bighorn Sheep