Autumn Leaf Adventures

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See Fall Colors the Rocky Mountain Way

If you want to catch a glimpse of Colorado’s colorful autumn treasure, come to Clear Creek County. Located along I-70, our historic Mining Towns of Idaho Springs, Empire, Georgetown, Silver Plume, and the surrounding forests, are rich in the fall beauty of changing aspen, oak, cottonwood, and willow leaves.

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A male deer cautiously stands among aspen trees.

The Guide to Autumn in Clear Creek

Here’s our guide to enjoying Colorado’s finest fall colors in Clear Creek:

Visit at the right time – Typically, mid-September to late October is the best time to see prime foliage here.

Come early for exceptional views – Remember, colors first appear at higher elevation, so plan to visit early in the season for the best variety of color.

Go for the gold – Aspen trees present amazing color transformation as their leaves turn from their early spring electric green to a deep green in the summer and bright buoyant gold in early fall.

Don’t forget other leaves – Seek out stunning colors from high-mountain cottonwood, oak, and willow trees too. 

Watch for wildlife – While enjoying the colors of the fall, keep your eyes open for the abundance of wildlife that call Clear Creek County home. 

Please bring proper shoes – no flip flops (seriously)