Kick up leaves, splash through a creek, and take in the views during nature’s most spectacular season
Photo by Tyler Stableford Photography, written by Ted Alan Stedman
Popular for a reason: Colorado’s most photographed landscape is even better in living color, when the distinctive symmetry of snow-dusted Maroon and North Maroon Peaks are framed by a ribbon of aspens, all reflected on shimmering Maroon Lake. Of course you won’t be alone, but still it’s worth the crowds. To reach the Maroon Bells–Snowmass Wilderness, head to Maroon Lake Trailhead ($10/vehicle; fs.usda.gov/whiteriver).
Don’t miss: The Aspen Brewing Company’s new downtown tasting room (304 E. Hopkins Ave.; aspenbrewingco.com).