As the leaves begin to change, our mountain landscape beckons, highlighted by the golden glow of Aspens and the inspiring beauty of the changing seasons. It’s a perfect time to get outdoors, and Breckenridge offers many ways to immerse yourself in this beautiful transition time before snow starts to fall. Take a quiet stroll or hike with your friends and family on our wonderful trail system or enjoy a weekday drive to experience fall in The Rockies. Check out these leaf-peeping adventures in the high country around Breckenridge.
Boreas Pass - Enjoy panoramic mountain and valley views, spectacular clusters of Aspens and tunnels of trees.
Directions: From Breckenridge, follow Main Street to the south end of town. Turn left onto Boreas Pass Road. Follow the road for 3.5 miles to Bakers Tank Trailhead for a hike (you’ll see parking on the left) or stay on the road to drive over the pass.
Top of the Rockies National Scenic Byway - Expansive views of iconic Colorado Fourteeners and breathtaking valleys await you on this leisurely day drive.
Directions: Start on the byway at Copper Mountain and travel over Fremont Pass to Leadville. After arriving in Leadville, the road loops back to Summit County. Follow the extension to Tennessee Pass through Camp Hale, Red Cliff and Minturn, where you will meet up with I-70 East.
Hoosier Pass – This is one of the highest passes in Colorado—and it’s paved. It’s an easy hike around Montgomery Reservoir, where you can check out the waterfalls.
Directions: Follow Highway 9 South through Breckenridge for approximately 20 miles. The pass straddles the line between Summit and Park Counties.
Guanella Pass Scenic Byway – This is a 23-mile route through Pike and Arapaho National Forests linking Georgetown and Grant. From Georgetown, about 10 miles of the road is paved, with the remaining 12 miles unpaved. Slower speeds required. Great views of two Fourteeners—Gray’s and Torrey’s Peaks greet you along the way.
Directions: Follow I-70 East to Georgetown. Take exit 228 and drive to Guanella Pass Road.
Kenosha Pass - Drive through Park County along Highway 285 toward Denver to get to Kenosha Pass. As the Colorado Trail crosses the summit of Kenosha Pass, you’ll see a number of nearby hiking and biking trails. At this time of year, arriving early in the morning to watch the sunrise is a memorable experience—and it’s a very popular spot with leaf peepers, so if you can, visit during the week rather than on the weekend.
Directions: Follow Highway 9 through Breckenridge to Fairplay. At Fairplay turn left on to US-285 to the Colorado Trail, and then turn right.
Kebler Pass - The West Elk Loop Scenic Byway includes 30-mile Kebler Pass Road and passes through Crested Butte, Gunnison, Montrose and Carbondale. Kebler is lined with stands of Aspens for absolutely stunning scenery, and is home to the largest Aspen grove in Colorado. This is a destination drive from Breckenridge, so plan accordingly. In fact, consider stopping overnight to have plenty of time to enjoy this adventure.
Directions: Follow I-70 West to Highway 91 South. Take exit 195 for Highway 91 South toward Copper Mountain/Leadville. Follow US-50 West North Main Street in Gunnison. Then, Highway 135 North to Colorado Road 12.