Check out our favorite places to see the autumn colors with this ultimate guide for fall leaf seekers!
The fall season in Summit County is an incredible time to take advantage of a cool breeze and superb views. Our neighborhood bursts with forests of shimmering aspens with autumn colors, from gold to rich oranges and deep reds.
Whether the plan is a day hike or a brief drive, fall leave viewfinders will be immersed in a sea of golden foliage and vibrant blue skies mirrored off the crystal waters of Lake Dillon Reservoir.
WHERE TO SEE THE LEAVES CHANGE IN SUMMIT COUNTY?
TOP SPOTS IN OUR NEIGHBORHOOD
SCIENCE OF THE FALL COLOR POP
A combination of science and finesse is required to create the signature fall colors we all enjoy throughout Colorado.
Aspens take their cue in September and early October to change as the days get shorter in the fall. The color development also relates to the tree's health, current weather, and other environmental factors like increasing or decreasing moisture. The health of the aspen trees also plays a critical role in the strength of the colors and retaining leaves throughout the season; the more robust an aspen grove, the more stunning the colors will be!
Fall Hiking & Biking Trails
>> Tenderfoot Trail: By Foot
The Tenderfoot Trail provides a quick and somewhat steeper hike that links to the Lower Tenderfoot Mountain Trail. The two trails make a great short loop of 1.6 miles for hikers and are considered easy.
>> Old Dillon Reservoir Trailhead: By Foot
This short trail of 1.7 miles will feature sweeping panoramic views of Lake Dillon Reservoir. The brief trek is perfect for families and a high altitude warm-up.
>> Dillon Reservoir Loop: By Bike
Dillon Reservoir Loop is a 18.4 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Breckenridge, Colorado featuring Lake Dillon. The trail is best used from May to November.
>> Ptarmigan Tail: By Foot
This longer 13.2 mile trail starts in a large meadow and weaves you through thicker forests and scenic openings. Ptarmigan known for the beautiful wildflowers and elevated view corridors.
SCENIC DRIVES: SWAN MOUNTAIN ROAD
Local Tip: Stop at Sapphire Point and explore the trails!
Swan Mountain Road is a scenic and exceptionally winding route along the eastern edge of Dillon Reservoir in Summit County, Colorado. The quick drive will steer you uphill from Keystone's Summit Cove neighborhood to the Sapphire Point Overlook.
Travelers will be rewarded with remarkable views of Lake Dillon and the adjacent Gore and Tenmile mountain range from the overlook at 9,500 feet.
We look forward to seeing our neighbors who #LiveLakestyle on these autumn dressed trails!