The colorful phenomenon known as fall foliage is on the verge of painting the Rocky Mountains with hues of red, yellow, orange and every shade in between. This natural occurrence signals the changing of the seasons and welcomes autumn with bright, open arms. Loveland, Colorado weather is beautiful all year round, but something about the crisp fall air and vibrant colors reaching out from the early morning fog makes this time of year truly magical.
As residents living in the new homes of Loveland, Colorado here at The Lakes at Centerra, you get a front row seat to view fall foliage right in your own backyard. People from all over the country travel in late September and early October to feast their eyes on the shimmering aspen trees, hoping to capture the perfect fall photo. Luckily, you don’t have to travel nearly as far to partake in this seasonal event! There are hidden gems all over colorful Colorado, and we are going to reveal some of the top spots that will elevate your leaf peeping experience!
Chapungu Sculpture Park – This one‑of‑a‑kind outdoor exhibit located within biking distance of The Lakes at Centerra has 82 monumental stone sculptures from Zimbabwean artisans spanning across 26‑acres of natural and landscaped gardens. The sculpture park is an unbelievable sight anytime of the year but fall in particular brings this interactive park to life. The contrast of the stone sculptures complementing the vibrant leaves latched onto the surrounding aspen trees creates a must‑see destination! Make sure your phones are charged and be sure to snap some photos of this unique serenity spot.
Trail Ridge Road – Day trips are always a great way to spend time with the family and explore your extended neighborhood, especially during the peak of fall foliage. Trail Ridge Road extends from U.S. Highway 34, connecting Northern Colorado to Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park and Grand Lake, Colorado. Referred to as “highway to the sky” this winding mountain road leads you up a scenic route, exposing you to the sweeping views of the Rockies in all directions. Climbing to 12,183 feet in elevation, this scenic wonder road of the world allows you to look across endless miles of fir, spruce, aspen and pine trees, creating a picturesque view that you have to see to believe. Trust us, no filter is needed on the photos you’ll capture!
Maroon Bells – Known by the locals as the most photographed destination in the state, Maroon Bells is a hotspot for prime fall foliage viewing. The towering white‑capped mountains, Maroon Peak and North Maroon Peak, reflect off of a glass‑like lake, creating a mirror image that make the car ride absolutely worth it. Make it a weekend getaway and explore the White River National Forest and the infamous mountain town of Aspen! Take advantage of living so close to some of the most sought‑out destinations in the country, you won’t regret it.
Pikes Peak Highway – If you’re an adventure seeker looking to chase the changing colors across the state, we recommend adding Pikes Peak Highway to your route. Twist and turn on the paved mountain road as you reach the summit at 14,115 feet in elevation. This 19‑mile road is perfect for sight‑seers of all ages as it provides incredible views of the second most‑visited mountain range in the world! When considering how far Loveland, Colorado is from Colorado Springs, it is really just a hop, skip and a jump away for views that will make your jaw drop!
The Lakes at Centerra is where nature meets urban. As the weather cools and the trees begin to transform into their autumn coats, the majestic aspens covering the Rocky Mountains light up Northern Colorado with colors that will leave you and your family in awe. This is one of the many reasons why life is simply different here.