The fall colors of Colorado are a must-see for locals and visitors alike. The changing colors of the Aspen trees will make even the biggest couch potato leave the comforts of home, and there are plenty of day hikes near Denver that are considered top spots for taking in the Colorado fall colors.

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Leaf peeping day hikes near Denver

All Colorado locals know that when we get to September, the most spectacular natural phenomenon happens: the turning of the Aspen trees. There’s nothing quite like it, and as a result, everyone will rush out on the trails to soak in 360-degree views of the Aspen trees. You haven’t seen Colorado until you’ve seen it blanketed with the golden yellow leaves of the Aspens. There are plenty of day hikes near Denver that will make every outdoors geek salivate at the gorgeous sights of the Colorado fall colors.

Finding the perfect hike

There are many many hikes and trails to choose from that suit every level of experience. We recommend you choose your hike wisely for the best adventure. Staunton State Park or Rocky Mountain National Park, just to name a couple, have brilliant hikes that fit every type of backpacker. First, you need to figure out how much time you have. Second, you need to match your skill level to the difficulty of the hike. Third, you need to rent the right gear to keep you safe and comfortable.

Hikes to see Colorado fall colors

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Discover Elk Falls

Elk Falls in Staunton State Park is the highest waterfall near Denver. This natural wonder will blow your mind with spectacular fall colors, as well as challenge your hiking skills. Make sure you are prepared for a little rock climbing on your way to the falls. Another great feature of Elk Falls is that it is fairly new to the Colorado hiking scene. For hikers looking for something new this fall season, Elk Falls is the hike for you.

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Rent a camping package or a backpacking package that fits your adventure. We’ve got all the top brands in the outdoors industry. Get yourself outfitted for leaf peeping fall hikes and camping trips.