Check out this list of must see places for fall colors paired with unique fall festivals in the article Fall Festivals & Fall Drives: Perfect Colorado Pair, from Crested Butte is well known for being a prime location for leaf lookers, as the worlds largest aspen grove is just minutes outside of town. The article recommends the West Elk Loop – traveling through Crested Butte, Gunnison, Paonia and Carbondale, but there are lots of options for leaf peeping nearby. Day trips over Kebler Pass, Ohio Creek Pass and Cottonwood Pass offer some truly incredible fall scenery with spectacular pockets of gold aspens among the evergreens and commanding mountain vistas. Combine amazing views with a long standing tradition in Crested Butte- Vinotok Festival. This Slavic festival begins with the Celebration of the Harvest Mother on Sept 18th and concludes with a bonfire party on Sept 24th. The week is filled with storytelling, music, a parade, harvests and feasting. This year marks the 32nd annual Vinotok.
Other notable mountain festivals and their corresponding scenic drives include the Autumn Gold Festival and Peak to Peak Highway near Estes Park, the Durango Autumn Arts Festival and the San Juan Skyway, the Fruita Fall Festival and Rim Rock Drive, The Salida Bike Fest and Collegiate Peaks Scenic Byway, Artocade and Highway of Legends near Trinidad and the Morrison Ciderfest paired with the Lariat Loop.
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