I’ve been told that the fall leaves in Colorado are nothing compared to what you’d see in the Northeastern part of the United States, when the trees put on a magnificent show of bright red, orange and yellow-colored leaves. In Colorado cities, people have planted a variety of non-native – and thus more colorful – trees, but in the mountains aspens seem to be Colorado’s primary deciduous tree. So when the leaves start to change, you’ll typically only find different shades of yellow scattered around in small pockets along the mountainside.
Nevertheless, it can be a spectacular sight, the yellow-gold aspen leaves quaking in the fall breezes. This past weekend we did a fall foliage drive along one of the recommended viewing routes, Boreas Pass Road (we also did the Black Powder Pass hike that starts at the top of the pass).
The mostly dirt road connects Breckenridge to South Park and can be a nice, scenic alternative to paved Highways 285 and 9. As it turns out, we missed peak viewing along this road probably by about a week, but the leaves that still clung to some clusters of aspens were more golden than I’d ever remembered seeing them. They were so vibrant and glowing, it was awesome.
Boreas Pass is marked in red. (We also did a hike along Black Powder Pass and our trail route is yellow. Please note that I looked online and couldn’t find a more accurate trail map so I did my best to approximate the hiking route we took.)
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Boreas Pass Road
We began our drive on Boreas Pass Road from Breckenridge, and shortly after turning to dirt, the road narrows considerably and often seems to allow room for only one vehicle at a time. You’ll also quickly notice the road drops off steeply to the passenger side of the vehicle. Be careful when passing other vehicles! :)
A view to the West of Breckenridge mountain and Goose Pasture Tarn reservoir.
The amazingly golden aspen leaves.
And finally, Boreas Pass Road on the Southeastern side.
Boreas Pass is a good one to visit for leaves, but there are so many others I’d love to see. Any recommendations?