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Telluride Gold Season: Last Dollar Road

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At the Visitor Center, we get a lot of calls this time of year wanting to know how the fall foliage is looking. From year-to-year this timeline changes. With a longer monsoon season, the fall foliage has begun changing later than normal. Yesterday, Visit Telluride staff headed-up to Last Dollar Road to see what gold season was looking like in the area. 

A fall favorite for visitors and locals alike, there is no better way to spend a day. With magnificent views of Mt. Wilson, Lizard Head, El Diente and Sunshine, not to mention the sections of moon-like glacial rock, there is so much to take-in. 

Some of the more visually amazing parts of the drive come when driving through the many areas of Aspen groves. These organisms (Aspens have the largest tree root system in the world) line Last Dollar Road producing vibrant yellow, red, and orange leaves during the fall. 

Worried you will be too late to enjoy the 2013 Gold Season? Have no fear! The fall foliage is projected to hit its peak over the next two weeks, which leaves plenty of time to make your way to Telluride to strike gold!

  • Road Difficultly: moderate. High clearance vehicles recommended.
  • Camping: Site are available throughout the pass, first come, first serve
  • Last Dollar is not serviced/plowed during the winter months (November-April)
  • Directions to Last Dollar Road
  • Fun Fact: The John Wayne version of "True Grit" was partically filmed on Last Dollar Road
Gold Season getaway lodging starting at $109. Find out more here

Beginning of the drive starting from Telluride Airport area. 

Visit Telluride dog Remy overlooks Mt. Wilson 

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