blazing aspenFront Range Drives

  • Peak-to-Peak: Take CO 119 from Black Hawk north to Nederland, then follow CO 72 to Raymond. Proceed on CO 7 past the 14,255 foot Longs Peak to EstesPark.
  • Guanella Pass: Go south out of Georgetown for blazing aspens. At Grant, turn right on US 285 – 15 minutes to the top of Kenosha Pass.
  • CO 14 through Poudre Canyon west of Fort Collins to the top of Cameron Pass.
  • Fall River Road from I-70 (Exit 238) to St. Mary’s Glacier.
  • Boulder CR 130 from Nederland to the Fourth of July Trailhead.

South Central Drives

  • Top of the Rockies: US 24 from Minturn through Leadville to Twin Lakes via CO 82, and back to CO 91 over Fremont Pass to Copper Mountain.
  • Start Buena Vista and head west down Cottonwood Pass Road. Beneath the mounts Princeton and Yale, enter one of Colorado’s most aspen-laden valleys.
  • CO 17 from Antonito to the N. M. border: As you head up the serene Conejos River Valley, stands of pinyon give way to the white trunks of aspen, some of the oldest and tallest in the state near La Manga Pass.
  • Go from Colorado Springs to Victor on Gold Camp Road and then CO 67through Cripple Creek north to Divide.
  • US 285 from Conifer to Fairplay over Kenosha Pass.
Southeast Drives
  • Frontier Pathways: Best aspens in Hardscrabble Canyon and CO 165 from Mckenzie Junction through the San Isabel Forest. 
  • Highway of Legends as it wraps around West and East Spanish Peak and passes beneath ancient volcanic walls.

Southwest Drives

  • San Juan Skyway: CO 62 over Dallas Divide; CO 145 to Lizard Head Pass; US 550 from Ridgway through historic Ouray and Silverton to Durango.
  • West Ellk Loop: CO 135 between Crested Butte and Gunnison; CO 133 over McClure Pass; head west out of Crested Butte over CR 12, Kebler Pass and meander through the world’s largest stand of aspens.
  • Silver Thread: US 50 west from Gunnison to CO 149 south to Lake City, Slumgullion Pass and Windy Point Overlook for a magnificent view of Uncompahgre Peak.
Northwest Drives
  • Flat Tops Trail: Meeker to Yampa via CR 17 and FR16 over the spectacular Ripple Creek Pass.
  • Begin in Aspen and go southwest to Maroon Bells, quite possibly the most photographed mountains in North America.
  • Grand Mesa: From Grand Junction head east on I-70 along the Colorado River to CO 65, as it winds through the thick forest over the Mesa.
  • CO 125 over Willow Creek Pass between Granby and Walden.
  • US 40 south from Steamboat Springs to CO 131 to Yampa; from Yampa, take CR 7 southwest to Stillwater Reservoir.