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Kenosha Pass Trail

  • ★★★★★
  • 8 mile loop
  • Elevation gain: 1,200 feet
  • 3-5 hours
  • Moderately strenuous
  • Some of the best fall colors in Colorado
  • Very flexible length – hike as far as you want

Distance from Denver: 1 hour 20 minutes


Parking: Free

This is possibly the most gorgeous fall hike in Colorado and its never-ending aspen groves are also wonderful to frolick through in the spring and summer. This is a portion of the Colorado Trail which traverses the entire state.

Park on either side of the highway at Kenosha Pass. You’ll see signs for the Colorado Trail on both sides of the road – either way provides wonderful panoramic views and I recommend walking a bit both ways!

For an easy hike, cross over to the south side and follow a flat dirt road. You’ll soon reach a stunning vista of a hill covered in aspens; from there, continue forward and cross through a gate that says private property (you’ll allowed to go through as long as you respect the land). You can continue onward as long as you like.

For a moderately strenuous hike, cross to the north side of the highway and follow hiking or biking paths uphill to incredible panoramas of the South Park area (yes, that South Park!) and plenty more aspens. You’ll reach several forks in the trail which all luckily end up leading to the same place. Turn around whenever you feel like – the trail continues onward through the rest of Colorado!


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