In autumn, the high peaks of Breckenridge become dotted with groves of brilliant changing aspens. No matter the mode of transportation – car, ATV, horseback, foot or bicycle – fall leaf-seekers will uncover golden foliage around town and on the surrounding mountains. Read on for a few of our favorite places to see the fall colors in Breckenridge or see details on the map below.
Fall Colors in Breckenridge:
Best Fall Drive: Boreas Pass Road
Travel by: Car, ATV, Hike or Bike
Access: From the intersection of Highway 9 and Boreas Pass Road at the south end of Breckenridge, drive Boreas Pass Road for the next 3-5 miles.
Boreas Pass Road ascends from downtown Breckenridge, Colo. to over 11,400 feet. It’s a popular fall route that offers numerous views looking down on the town and surrounding mountains. Trails parallel the upper dirt portion of Boreas, where golden aspens are plentiful in autumn.
Those seeking a longer scenic drive (be sure to fill up on gas!) can make a loop by heading south on Colorado state highway 9 over the top of Hoosier Pass, turning left (north) on U.S. highway 285 and making another left onto Boreas Pass Road / County Road 33. The dirt road continues over Boreas Pass and drops into downtown Breckenridge, with many open views along the way.
For more drive ideas, stop by the Welcome Center (203 S. Main St., 877-864-0868).
Best Fall Bike Ride: French Gulch Area
The trails of French Gulch pass through Breckenridge’s “Golden Horseshoe,” one of Colorado’s most fertile mining regions. The initial strikes here in 1859 gave birth to Breckenridge. For most of the next century, the town’s fortunes were largely driven by the Golden Horseshoe’s output. Dozens of mines were active here at one time or another. Most amounted to nothing; a few yielded huge fortunes.
The groves of changing aspens make this a beautiful hike during autumn to see the fall colors. History buffs can opt for a guided hike with the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance:
Best Fall Hike: Aspen Alley
Travel by: Bike or foot
Access: Park at the Bakers Tank Trailhead Parking Lot on Boreas Pass Road. Continue walking southwest on Boreas Pass Road until you come to the Aspen Alley Trail sign on your right.
Aspen Alley takes the cake as the best fall trail in Breckenridge, and it’s not hard to tell why. This short yet stunning hike is located between Boreas Pass Road and the Stephen C. West Ice Arena, and features some of the biggest groves of aspen trees in Summit County. If you’re planning to drive on Boreas Pass Road for the autumn foliage, be sure to also throw this trail into your leaf peeping plans along the way.
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