Where to see the leaves change in Colorado

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It’s officially October – my FAVORITE month of the year – and I am going ALL OUT on the hunt for the best places to catch the fall colors this season. For ten years I lived in Los Angeles. Which means for ten years, I was deprived of seeing the seasons change. I would go out of my way – spending upwards of three hours in the car – just to get an inkling of yellow and red foliage in the LA Basin. So when I moved back home to Colorado two years ago and fall colors became a real thing again, I leaned into the season… hard. Lucky for me, I live just outside of Aspen, Colorado, the MECA for well, Aspen trees!

If you’re a foliage fiend like me and start panicking at the first sign of fall – plotting your weekend drives and stocking up on apple cider, this post may come in handy for you. As everyone knows, fall is fleeting, but it’s not too late to catch the colors in Colorado. There are still plenty of green patches just about to pop off. I’ve put together an itinerary for where you can still catch the colors in Colorado AND the best shoes to wear while crunching leaves in the high country.

This year, I made light in my New Balance Fresh Foam Cruz 2 (in pink of course) while hoping from grove to grove. You can order on Zappos.com TODAY with free shipping and free returns and get them in time to see the fall colors by next weekend. Get yours here and catch the colors while they last.

Stop 1: Redstone River Boulders, CO

Located just up Highway 133 past Carbondale, CO is the Redstone Beach (beach by Coloradans terms). To get to the Redstone River Boulders drive south from Carbondale on Hwy 133. Before you get to the town of Redstone, there is a dirt road (Redstone Blvd) toward the Redstone Campground. Just past this road is a pull off on the left and a trail toward the river. This “beach” is surrounded by epic canyon walls lined with Aspen and Cottonwood trees. Be sure to check out the town of Redstone – it’s idyllic!

 Redstone River Boulders – Redstone, CO

Redstone River Boulders – Redstone, CO

 Redstone River Boulders – Redstone, CO

Redstone River Boulders – Redstone, CO

Stop 2: Hayes Creek Falls

From Redstone, keep driving up highway 133 until you see Hayes Creek Falls. Hays Creek Falls is a series of waterfalls along Hayes Creek that flow into the Crystal River. If you blink, you could miss it, so be on the lookout! This tiny canyon has water trickling through it year-round, and in the afternoon fills with beautiful light – great for photos!

 Hayes Creek Falls – Redstone, CO

Hayes Creek Falls – Redstone, CO

 Hayes Creek Falls – Redstone, CO

Hayes Creek Falls – Redstone, CO

Stop 3: Beaver Lake, CO

After visiting the falls, continue to head south down highway 133 for another 3.3 miles until you see a high for CO Rd 3. Turn left towards Marble and continue for another 5.5 miles. This drive in itself is EPIC. Once you reach the town of Marble, keep driving past town until you reach Beaver Lake. This lake sits at the basin of Chair Mountain and is blanketed in Aspen Trees. After exploring around, grab some BBQ at the world famous Slow Groovin.

 Beaver Lake – Marble, CO

Beaver Lake – Marble, CO

 Beaver Lake – Marble, CO

Beaver Lake – Marble, CO

I hope you enjoy your fall season as much as I do, and get adventuring in some new kicks! #FearlesslyIndependent #ZapposStyle

sarah herron