The leaves are beginning to change with the hint of crispness in the air and peak foliage in Summit County is expected the third week in September. If you haven’t had the chance to drive up Boreas Pass and do some leaf peeping in the past, we highly recommend you add it to your “to do” list this fall. If you have made the drive, chances are you’ll make it a part of your annual family outing each September as it’s one of the best mountain destinations for peak foliage. We've rounded up the list of the best fall scenic drives in the region as well as fall events and activities.
To get to Boreas Pass, head south on Highway 9 through Breckenridge and turn left onto Boreas Pass Road at the last stoplight on the south side of town. Consider a stop at the outdoor Sawmill Museum on the right just past the ice rink. The aspens are gorgeous here, there are a few nice easy trails to explore, and of course the outdoor Sawmill Museum itself. To go on up Boreas Pass, stay on Boreas Pass road as it winds up the mountain and turns to a dirt road higher up. You’ll be surrounded by beautiful Colorado gold as you navigate through tunnels of Aspens. The road gradually ascends above timberline where you can learn some fascinating history about our rich gold mining history. See an abandoned railroad grade which was the original route of the Denver, South Park and Pacific Railroad. You can turn around at any time, or continue approximately 11 miles on the dirt road to the town of Como in South Park County. Enjoy the foliage and incredible views of the Continental Divide. To get back to Breckenridge from Como, take Highway 285 south to Highway 9/Fairplay. Follow the highway through Fairplay, Alma and back to Breckenridge.