♫ Country roads, take me home, o the place where I belong: Colorado, mountain momma, take me home, to see all the changing fall colors! ♫ (Or something like that…) If you are ready to get out and see the fall colors at their finest, gas up the car and hit up one of these 11 Colorado country roads that are pure bliss in the fall:
1. Kebler Pass
No, there isn't this much snow on the ground quite yet (which is fine by us), but the vibrant colors against a thawed landscape is equally beautiful!
2. Lizard Head Pass
If you think the yellows and oranges in this picture look pretty, wait until you see this San Juan Mountain pass in person.
3. San Juan Skyway
Also located in the heart of the San Juan Mountains, this easily recognizable 233-mile road passes through some of the most stunning scenery in not just the state, but in the country.
4. Independence Pass
The Devil's Punchbowl swimming hole, Maroon Bells, and several other of Colorado's most iconic locations are located along this popular highway!
5. Last Dollar Road
You know we couldn't have a list of the most beautiful country roads to drive this fall without mentioning this hidden dirt road that is located between Telluride and Ridgway.
6. Gold Belt Tour Scenic and Historical Byway
Southern Colorado's first choice for taking in the changing fall colors is the Gold Belt Tour Scenic and Historical Byway; a 135-mile road that connects historic Cripple Creek with the Victor Mining District.
7. McClure Pass
Believe it or not, this is not a watercolor painting; it is indeed a real photo taken along the incredible McClure Pass!
8. Silver Thread Scenic Byway
When you drive along the Silver Thread Scenic Byway, be ready to make several stops, as the road passes through not only lovely scenes, but historic gems like South Fork, Lake San Cristobal, and even Lake City.
9. Dallas Divide
Your gut instinct might be to either print and/or save this picture for your desktop background, but you should resist the urge, grab your camera, and go photograph the ravishing Dallas Divide for yourself!
10. Alpine Loop
Drivers, get your 4WD ready! Alpine Loop is a 65-mile backcountry road that runs through the ever-vibrant San Juan National Forest.
11. Buffalo Pass
What better way to end a list of the best fall drives than by mentioning this 15-mile-long dirt road that runs through a number of different habitats and landscapes.