Leaf peeping in Aspen has been on our to-do list in Colorado since forever. There are only a few weekends of the year (like seriously 3) that you can see the changing leaves before they all fall off. So, when Steve's family came to town at the end of September, we knew that we had to take them!
I cannot say enough times how amazingly gorgeous it was. Everything...the crisp fall air, the snow frosted mountain tips, and of course the vibrant colors of the quaking aspens. The trip to get there was a little long, but oh so worth it. We took Independence Pass from Colorado Springs and it did not disappoint. Driving on aspen-lined winding roads and over a 14er listening to some Lord Huron set the tone for the day perfectly.
Getting to the Maroon Bells during fall is not an easy task. I thought we'd just drive up, park and get out, but you have to take a bus to the St. Regis in Aspen, where you buy your day pass ticket to get on another bus, which takes you there. You can drive through if you go before 8am and 5pm and at other times of the year that aren't as popular though...but then you miss the leaves and that's the whole point, right? ;)
The views at the Maroon Bells, as expected, were stunning, even more so in person than in the pictures we saw beforehand. All of us were in awe and spent about 3 hours hiking around and gasping at every corner we took ha! If there is one perfect way to start the fall season, I can assure you this is it!