Fall Foliage Drives in and around Our Bed and Breakfast in Frisco CO
Posted by: admin August 15th, 2014
If you are like me and are diligent about making travel plans well in advance, you are in luck if you are reading this now as September and early October can be one of the best times to secure your spot at a bed and breakfast in Frisco CO. Why? Well, there are a multitude of reasons: less tourism traffic, beautiful weather and a plethora of fall activities to sink your teeth into. But, one of the most magnificent and jaw-dropping things to see during the fall in Summit County is the fall foliage – when the Colorado Rocky Mountains dress up for the formal dance!
As I write this article just two weeks into August, I am already starting to notice the Aspen trees that surround us beginning to glimmer. This activity signifies the launch of a brilliant change to the foliage throughout the state, and the high country in particular. Pretty soon, colorful alpine shrubs will turn to crimson and burnt orange, while cottonwoods and aspens start to shimmer like gold in the passing breeze. Who needs anything else when the Rocky Mountains provide a natural spectacle free of charge right before your eyes?
As I have stated multiple times, Frisco is situated in the perfect location to get out and enjoy the multitude of fall foliage scenes in our area. A stay at our bed and breakfast in Frisco CO will set you up perfectly for your next fall spectacular. Below are some of the more popular “color touring” ventures in and around Summit County.
From the Frisco Lodge, take Highway 9 through Breckenridge and make a left turn onto Boreas Pass Road on the very south side of Breckenridge. After approximately 3.5 miles, the pavement will turn to dirt as you continue another 11 miles to the town of Como. Boreas Pass Road will take you above treeline (11,481 feet) while following an abandoned railroad grade, which was the original route of the Denver, South Park and Pacific Railroad. Incredible views of the Continental Divide are included at no extra charge.
If you continue to the other side of the pass, you can loop around the town of Fairplay and return to Frisco via Hoosier Pass. This makes one big loop of high altitude fall colors and all-around spectacular views.
From our bed and breakfast in Frisco CO, take I-70 west to Vail and exit onto US 24 east to Leadville. Following the Arkansas River and the Rio Grande Railroad, this route also lends a piece of history as it was the original Native American trail across the mountains.
Take I-70 west just past Vail to exit 171 and pick up US 24 west. This will take you to Twin Lakes, where you pick up Highway 82 towards Aspen. Driving through the San Isabel National Forest provides picturesque views of the Sawatch Range, home to several of Colorado’s infamous 14ers (peaks over 14,000 feet high).
Of course these are just 3 of the many places that you can view the fall spectacular by car. If you are more adventure-minded, you can reach some more secluded spots by hiking and biking up the hills in and around Summit County. But remember, the first snowfall of the season will cause most of the leaves to dry up, so don’t wait on booking your stay at our bed and breakfast in Frisco CO. Leaf peeping during the early Fall months can (and will) end unexpectedly.