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Fall colors are on full display near Cripple Creek Sept. 22, Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette
Fall colors are on full display near Cripple Creek Sept. 22, Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

The Gazette: 10 scenic drives to check out Colorado’s gold rush of Aspens

From the Colorado Springs Gazette

Here are a few suggestions for areas to explore to see golden aspen leaves in Colorado:

Pikes Peak region

– If a long road trip is out of the question, stay local and enjoy the drive up Old Stage Road in southwest Colorado Springs, an old logging route with a rich history and a wealth of aspens. Four-wheel drive is a plus, but passenger vehicles will be able to make it a good distance.

To get there: From Interstate 25 south of downtown, take Exit 138, Circle Drive. Go west and Circle Drive will become Lake Avenue. At The Broadmoor hotel, take the traffic circle onto Lake Circle, which becomes Portales Road. Veer right onto Mirada Road, which wraps to the west, becoming West Cheyenne Mountain Boulevard, then Old Stage Road. Old Stage eventually merges with Gold Camp Road as it heads west toward Cripple Creek. Take it as far as you like, or use a map to access Colorado Highway 67 and make a loop through Woodland Park, returning home via U.S. 24.

– For a shorter trip to Cripple Creek – with no bumpy dirt roads – take U.S. 24 west through Woodland Park. At Divide, take Colorado 67 south. Hikers might wish to check out Mueller State Park or Pancake Rocks along the way.

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Fall colors are on full display near Cripple Creek Sept. 22, Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette
Fall colors are on full display near Cripple Creek Sept. 22, Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

 

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