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The Majesty of Colorado Fall Foliage

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Maroon Bells in Autumn

Photo by Engere

$5,850 (Single supplement $1,950)
14 Days/13 Nights - 9/21-10/4

  • Peak to Peak Highway
  • Cache la Poudre - North Park Scenic Byway
  • Aspen Alley
  • Snowy Range Scenic Byway
  • Rocky Mountain National Park
  • Aspen
  • Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness
  • Crested Butte via Kebler Pass
  • West Elk Loop Scenic Byway
  • Owl Creek Pass Road
  • Dallas Divide
  • Mount Sneffels Wilderness
  • San Juan Skyway All-American Byway
  • Mesa Verde National Park
  • Durango & Silverton Narrow-Gauge Railroad
  • Cottonwood Pass Scenic Drive
  • Sangre de Cristo Scenic Drive
  • Rio Grande Scenic Railroad
  • Wet Mountains Scenic Drive

Perhaps the most scenic offering in our product line, this tour is designed specifically for persons who truly wish to immerse themselves in the beauty of the Colorado Rockies and who have a special appreciation for the great crescendo of color known locally as the fall "gold rush." Utilizing a slow, measured travel pace, the itinerary for this excursion includes as many fall foliage "hotspots" as can be comfortably incorporated within a two-week tour package. Your journey will begin with a leisurely drive up the Peak to Peak Highway to Estes Park, the eastern gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park. The next three days feature portions of northern Colorado and southeastern Wyoming, including the Cache la Poudre-North Park Scenic Byway, Aspen Alley, the Snowy Range and Rocky Mountain National Park, the crown jewel of the Colorado Front Range. The Old Fall River Road and, if weather permits, the Trail Ridge Road provide an excellent sample of this park’s wonders, including an autumnal perspective of the alpine tundra.

Fall Foliage near Crested Butte

Photo by Mellow

Our tour route then turns westward, with Aspen and the fabled Maroon Bells looming as the next destination. As you stand on the shores of Maroon Lake and gaze upon the towering Maroon Bells, it will quickly become evident why this vista is, arguably, THE iconic image for all of Colorado. The West Elk Loop Scenic Byway, Kebler Pass and Owl Creek Pass roads afford views of some of the densest aspen concentrations in Colorado and, collectively, guide you southward to Ridgway and the Sneffels Range, which serve as a magnificent introduction to the awe-inspiring San Juan Mountains.

One of the great mountain ranges in all of America, the soaring San Juans are high, wild and rugged. And one might add, unsurpassed in terms of the quality of its fall foliage display. Indeed, James Kay, one of the foremost landscape photographers in the country, stated that, if forced to select a single destination for fall foliage photography, he would choose that portion of this range located "within a 20-mile radius from Telluride" (Outdoor Photographer, October 2006, p. 63). Your tour of this spectacular region will be highlighted by a circuit of the 236-mile long San Juan Skyway, a ride on the historic Durango & Silverton Narrow-Gauge Railroad, and more extensive forays into the jaw-dropping Sneffels Range via backroads emanating from the Dallas Divide area.

After leaving Mesa Verde National Park, your party is homeward bound, first via Montrose, Gunnison and the Cottonwood Pass Scenic Drive, which terminates at Buena Vista. The itinerary then follows the Sangre de Cristo Scenic Drive to Walsenburg. A ride on the Rio Grande Scenic Railroad from Alamosa to La Veta constitutes the last featured activity on this tour, which then returns to Colorado Springs by way of the Wet Mountains Scenic Drive.