10 Ways to Enjoy the Best Aspen Trees in Colorado

Summer’s hue has faded and the aspens of Crested Butte are changing. It’s the most anticipated time of year. The frantic pace of July & August has ended, and winter’s icy breath is not too far away. Fall is a breath of crisp fresh air, and we don’t want you to miss any of it.

1. Explore Kebler Pass

The largest aspen grove is the state is a great nearby place to enjoy the colors. The whole area turns into a golden haven from late September to early October (it’s one of the later places to change over) Grab your camera, a nice jacket, and a friend to frolic amongst the gently falling leaves. Take a drive through the pass or check out some of the hiking trails: Click Here

2. Relax on “The Bench”

The bench is a local hot spot that comes with a bird’s eye view of town. The perfect spot for that quintessential Crested Butte photo or selfie. Just head to the end of Elk Ave and hike up!

3. Coffee and a Book

Rumors and Townie Bookstore on Elk Ave is the perfect place to grab a hot beverage with a book to pair and cozy up.

4. Go for a Drive

The quickest way to see the most leaves is to hop in the car and go for a drive. Although Kebler Pass is the most popular, there are plenty of drives around our colorful mountains. For the Crested Butte fall drives guide: Click Here

5. Fancy a Ride?

Fantasy Ranch can take you through the golden leaves from the back of your own trusty steed. This is one way to experience the fall foliage that you won’t soon forget.

6. Go Camping

It will be cooler camping in the fall. The surrounding area will be quieter, yellower, and mellower, and yet so much fun! Build a campfire, bring some marshmallows, and grab a group of friends for a beautiful weekend in the mountains. Reminder: Most campsites are now designated only (except on Kebler Pass). Look for a numbered site with a fire ring.

7. Run for Charity

Enjoy the fall the scenery on foot with this 5k run for charity. Make your way out Peanut Rd and take in the incredible views before coming back down a fast finish on Elk Ave. Charitable Giving: The race supports Living Journeys and has provided over $215,000 in the first 5 years. This year the goal is the raise $75,000. More info or to register: Click Here

8. Lay in the Leaves

It sounds a little off-kilter, but it’s relaxing. Find a beautiful spot and lay down like we did when we were kids in the raked up piles. Life can be hectic, and there’s nothing like a pile of leaves and the ambiance of autumn that will make you feel more relaxed.

9. Farmers’ Market

Farmers’ Market goes into October on Sundays and has fall written all over it. Local cider, garden goods, and art will fill the west end of Elk Ave.

10. Two Wheeled Bliss

Don’t forget, there are hundreds of miles of trails to explore in the valley. Much of these trails are under aspen canopy. Don’t miss the experience of floating through this golden paradise on your mountain bike.

Upcoming Event

25th Annual Chili & Beer Festival

20+ Craft Breweries
Live Music featuring The Lil Smokies
Dozens of Chilis
Saturday, Sept. 9th, 2023

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The 25th Annual Mt Crested Butte Chili and Beer Festival will kick off the fall season in CB. With locally made chili, tasty craft beer, and live music featuring the Lil Smokies, it’s the not-to-be-missed party of the season! VIP, General Admission, and non-drinking tickets available.