Photos: Ten best places to see Colorado fall color
Change is in the air -- and in plenty of trees. Each year around this time, always-beautiful Colorado becomes even more spectacular as leaves turn from their usual lush color to a wide array of hues. But where are the best places in the state to revel in this glorious transformation? Colorado.com has assembled a top-ten list of sites that stretch across the state. But a warning: The number one pick is currently closed due to the federal shutdown. Count down the choices below, complete with photos and Colorado.com text.
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Number 10: Front Range Foliage
"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. Though the byway is less than 60 miles in length, there are 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, all of which offer their own unique vantage points for leaf peepers."
Number 9: Dallas Divide
"Colorado Hwy. 62 over the Dallas Divide represents an epic fall Colorado drive. Starting near Ridgway, visitors can get an amazing view of Mount Sneffels, one of Colorado's 58 14ers, and the expansive Sneffels Wilderness Area, which offers several hiking trails for those wishing to venture out further. The route eventually connects with Hwy. 45 and Lizard Head Pass, which offers views of Wilson Peak, the very mountain that inspired the iconic Coors logo."
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