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Time to Peek at Fall Peak of Colors

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Telluride is drop dead gorgeous any time of the year but its super model status is elevated in the fall. There is something truly breathtaking when the mountainsides turn from green to bright yellow and amber. Tunnels of gold create magical canopies over hiking trails. The landscape is so beautiful, it almost looks unreal.

The fall colors are at their peak right now. It is time to seize the day and get out and enjoy this spectacular and fleeting time of year. The winds have picked up. The leaves are dancing in the wind and are starting to cascade gently to the ground, creating a blanket of gold, Telluride’s version of the yellow brick road.

Mother Nature has truly outdone herself this gold season. The combination of fall colors and spectacular sunsets is off-the-charts gorgeous.  Here are some of our favorite photos from this week:

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As you can see, it is too beautiful not to be outside exploring and leaf peeping. Here are some recommended spots to take in the fall colors (while they last).

The Gondola

Our beloved gondola—the first and only free public transportation system of its kind in the United States—offers 360 degree views of Telluride and Mountain Village. Look down on the valley of Telluride, or over towards the Wilson range, and you are sure to see miles and miles of fall foliage. You can also use it as an access point to the many hiking and biking trails on the ski resort.

Sneffles Highline Trail

This trail, a 14 mile loop, is ranked as rather difficult. The beauty of the fall colors proves as an easy distraction while hiking though. View Mt. Sneffles, a fourteener, and all the colors that surround it.

Woods Lake

A great destination for taking a nice afternoon drive or as a starting point for a hike, Woods Lake is a great place to enjoy a fall afternoon! Pack a picnic and enjoy the crisp air around the lake. The scenery is literally jaw-dropping. Go for a leisurely stroll, or attempt the 8-mile loop around the lake. If you are feeling extra adventurous, hike Najavo Lake.

Trout Lake

Head south on Highway 145 for about 25 minutes and you will see Trout Lake on your left. From here you have sweeping views of the Blackface Ridge, Pilot Knob, Goldenhorn, Vermilion Peak and Sheep Mountain. Head up earlier in the Gold Season (early to mid September), as the colors turn faster.

Last Dollar Road/Pass

If you want a quick look of the valley holding Telluride, as well as the landscape of Mountain Village, drive up the Airport Road. Pull over at any point, and look behind you to see the stunning beauty that is Telluride. Keep going and drive over Last Dollar Road (stay to your right where the road forks), and experience breathtaking views of Wilson Peak, or the historic ranch from the original “True Grit” featuring John Wayne. Four-wheel drive is not required, but we would recommend it.

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