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Aspen Fall Foliage Guide

Fall Color Change in Aspen
9 Aug 2018
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Fall foliage is right around the corner, and we cannot contain our excitement! When the aspen leaves start to turn a beautiful golden color, Aspen/Snowmass has some of the most breathtaking views and it’s one of the best times to visit, which typically occurs during the third or fourth weekend in September! 

Drive or bike through the golden leaves up to the Maroon Bells, the Castle Creek Valley, or up Independence Pass. Trust us, you will not be disappointed. Even though it is shoulder season, autumn in Aspen/Snowmass is becoming more popular every year because of the outdoor activities, discounted rates, restaurant deals, and the mid-September to late-September events that take place.  

maroon bells with snow in autumn

Top Hikes in Aspen/Snowmass During the Fall

Smuggler Mountain Overlook:  Hike 1.44 miles up Smuggler Mountain Road and take in the views of Downtown Aspen, Aspen Mountain, Independence Pass, and the Roaring Fork Valley!

South Rim Trail / Yin Yang – This 2.6 round trip hike is located right in Snowmass Village which brings you to gorgeous viewing area of Old Snowmass, Mount Daly, and Capital Peak. 

Crater Lake – Drive up to the Maroon Bells and hike up to Crater Lake.  This jaw-dropping 1.8-mile hike brings you to the majestic Crater Lake that is surrounded by Aspen’s fourteeners.

East of Aspen Trail – Walk or bike up towards Independence Pass on the East Aspen Trail along the Roaring Fork River!  Stop by the North Star Preserve beach, also known as ‘Stillwater Beach’ and take in the views with friends and family.  

Aspen Mountain – Every Saturday and Sunday, hike up Aspen Mountain via the Ute Trail to the Sundeck. Enjoy view of the Castle Creek Valley and the Maroon Creek Valley while enjoying lunch.

view of snowmass colorado in fall

September Events

51st Annual Aspen Ruggerfest: September 13 – 16 

Snowmass Wine Festival:  September 14 - 15  

Aspen Film Festival: September 25 - 30

Golden Leaf Half Marathon: September 22 

Favorite Fall Leaf Peeping Patios

Pine Creek Cookhouse – Drive or bike up the Castle Creek Valley which has one of the biggest Aspen tree grove's in Pitkin County, and it is truly breathtaking. Enjoy delicious American Alpine Cuisines that feature local ingredients with family and friends, while taking in the beautiful views of the Elk Mountain Range and the Fall color change on the patio! 

Home Team BBQ – One of the local favorites, this BBQ restaurant has the best wings in town and has a famous drink called the "Game Changer." Take in the views while sipping on a game changer and enjoying their mouthwatering BBQ on the patio at the base of Buttermilk Ski Mountain.

Fall Vacation Homes in Aspen/Snowmass

West Aspen on the Glen | 6 Bedrooms, 6 Bathrooms

west aspen private home rental

Aspen Oasis | 6 Bedrooms, 7.5 Bathrooms

private aspen home rental on independence pass

Downtown Contemporary Townhome | 3 Bedrooms, 3.5 Bathrooms

downtown contemporary townhome aspen rental

Contemporary Mountain Escape | 4 Bedrooms, 4.5 Bathrooms

contemporary mountain aspen rental home

Private Contemporary Estate | 6 Bedrooms, 5.5 Bathrooms 

private contemporary estate rental in aspen colorado

Snowmass Divide Decadence | 5 Bedrooms, 5.5 Bathrooms

snowmass colorado estate rental