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Fall Colors in Colorado and the Spots to See Them [PICS]

Check out these locations to do some hiking and take in the fall colors in Colorado.

Flickr/Zach Dischner
Flickr/Zach Dischner

Are you a local or taking a vacation to the beautiful state of Colorado this autumn? Looking for particularly gorgeous spots to hike?

With areas of the state spanning the front range to the western slope, we think there should be somewhere on this list that you can make it to this fall.

View the slideshow to see the best spots for fall colors in Colorado.

Along Coal Creek Canyon Road

Photo via McKenzie Mahan

Along Coal Creek Canyon Road (or Highway 72) between Pinecliffe and Nederland is easily accessible from both Golden and Boulder. There are plenty of great trails to choose from or even spots right off the road such as this area pictured above.

Rocky Mountain National Park

Flickr/Yuya Sekiguchi

Nestled near Estes Park, CO, Rocky Mountain National Park can be reached via Boulder or Loveland with ease. There are plenty of fantastic hikes available and copious amounts of wildlife to enjoy.

Along Highway 149 near Lake City, CO

Flickr/Larry Lamsa

With a population of less than 400, Lake City, CO is one heck of place to find seclusion. It may be the most difficult part of the state on this list to get to, but the sublime views along Highway 149 are well worth the trip.

Conejos Canyon, Along Highway 17

Flickr/Michael Rael

Far towards southern Colorado is the Conejos Canyon. Highway 17 follows the Conejos river through the canyon and promises great views and some very good fly-fishing for the anglers out there.

Indian Peak Wilderness Area

Photo via McKenzie Mahan

With Rocky Mountain National Park to the north and Boulder nearby, this is an often busy area to get outside. However, the really busy season is June to August, so you can expect reduced traffic in these fall months.

Red Mountain Pass, Ouray County, CO

Flickr/John Fowler

Located in the San Juan Mountains along the aptly named Million Dollar Highway, this part of Colorado features some of the very best scenery imaginable. The popular town of Telluride is located a little ways west.

Dillon Reservoir, Dillon/Silverthorne, CO

Flickr/Jason Miller

Being within ten miles of a number of ski resorts including, Arapaho Basin, Keystone, Breckenridge, and Copper Mountain makes this area an amazing place to enjoy after shredding the early season slopes. Take in some gorgeous fall colors with a short day hike to stretch those stiff legs.

The Maroon Bells

Flickr/John Fowler

Perhaps one of the most well known locations in Colorado for epic views, the Maroon Bells accented with yellow aspen amongst green pine is one of our absolute favorite locations in the state for fall colors.

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