Colorado Attractions August 21, 2018
5 Positively Magical Tree Tunnels In Colorado That Will Take Your Breath Away
Tree tunnels… is it just me or does saying these two words together remind you of old, Colonial-era towns whose tree-lined streets were laid hundreds of years ago? (It probably is just me who thinks this way, but for the sake of my ego/this article, just go with it.) Come to find out, tree tunnels are not only a thing you find back east or somewhere tropical, but also right here in Colorado:
1. Fort Logan National Cemetery (Denver)
Cemeteries have a tendency of being dark and eerie, but the Fort Logan National Cemetery adds a little beauty to these often sad times with this lovely tunnel of trees. Established in 1887, Fort Logan was named for Civil War Union General John A. Logan and occupies 214 acres in Denver.
2. Last Dollar Road (Telluride)
If you thought Last Dollar Road was beautiful before, wait until you drive through its fairytale-like tunnel of trees! Considered to be one of the most beautiful drives in America, the Last Dollar Road can be accessed by heading west for about 12 miles on Highway 62 from Ridgway and hanging a left at the sign.
3. Guanella Pass (Georgetown)
It was the great Winston Churchill who once said "Why drive when you can walk" (or something like that), which is where the colorful Guanella Pass trail and it's beautiful tree-lined path come into play. Nestled away within the always lovely Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests, Guanella Pass is a 25-mile point-to-point trail that passes through not only the trees pictured above, but also past mossy boulders, stunning wildflowers, and various forms of wildlife.
4. Casa Bonita (Lakewood)
Get ready to be SHOCKED, folks, as you can actually walk under a tunnel of PALM trees right here in Colorado! "Taste the magic of Mexico" (and pay for it days later) at the "World's most exciting restaurant," which is that of Casa Bonita! Home to cliff divers, a flea-ridden gorilla who does not understand boundaries, and the iconic Black Bart's Cave, Casa Bonita is the place to go when you crave a tropical getaway.
5. Kebler Pass (Crested Butte)
Not all roads are created equal, as demonstrated by the jaw-dropping Kebler Pass! Running 30 miles between Coal Creek west and Keystone Mine, Kebler Pass is arguably the best place to drive in every season, as the trees' vibrant colors are always changing. (Can you imagine driving under this tunnel in the fall? I sure can!)
Speaking of fall, you will want to make plans to take these
8 Picture Perfect Fall Day Trips In Colorado.