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FALL ADVENTURES

They come for the winter and they return for the summer, but many of Aspen Snowmass' visitors might be missing out on arguably the nicest season of all — autumn.In fall, a serene hush sweeps over the valley as temperatures dip and the aspens, cottonwoods and willows take center stage for their colorful show.

We've included some of our favorite places to witness fall colors in our corner of Colorado's Rocky Mountains below. Each adventure is worth the trip in its own right, and yet all can be seen in a single day.
Snowmass Village, Colorado
Snowmass Village, Colorado

Around Snowmass

You won't have to go far to see fall color in Snowmass Village. Right out our backdoor, thick stands of aspen turn brilliant shades ranging from marigold to ochre, with peak color happening in late September and early October.

On weekends through the end of September, the Elk Camp Gondola runs to afford visitors access to hiking and mountain bike trails. For a long bike ride with excellent fall-color sightseeing, take to the Government Trail. Those seeking a wilder experience should proceed to the East Snowmass Trailhead which ascends a scenic valley in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness. Hiking and horseback riding are allowed on this trail, but mountain biking is not.

Maroon Lake, Colorado
Maroon Lake, Colorado

Maroon Bells

No matter the season, the Maroon Bells are undeniably scenic. However, fall is a special time at Colorado's most iconic peaks. That is because numerous golden aspen groves, the blue of the lake, and the lowering angle of the sun (which makes the dual peaks turn a purplish hue), combine to create a spectrum of colors all day long. Toss in a light dusting of early season snow and you will definitely be posting this scene to Instagram.
Ashcroft, Colorado
Ashcroft, Colorado

Ashcroft and Castle Creek

Located just east of Maroon Creek Valley and running south from Aspen, Castle Creek Valley boasts one of the densest concentrations of aspen trees in the Roaring Fork region. By late September, every hue from green to yellow to red is on display in the forest. Stop by the ghost town of Ashcroft for a fascinating self-guided tour as well as incredible photo opps. The hike to Cathedral Lake nearby is a challenging local favorite.