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Suggested Routes to see Fall Foliage on this coming weekend

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Suggested Routes to see Fall Foliage on this coming weekend

We are traveling to Estes Park and will be there this weekend. Give me a few choices to see the fall foliage and elk rut in the area?

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1. Re: Suggested Routes to see Fall Foliage on this coming weekend

you will get an amazing overview via the Estes Park Tram:

http://www.estestram.com/

estesparkcvb.com/press_releases.cfm/…81

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2. Re: Suggested Routes to see Fall Foliage on this coming weekend

Fall foliage will be waning by this weekend. I drove RMNP and the Peak to Peak this past Friday and leaves were starting to drop. Lower elevations will probably still have some color provided the two cold fronts coming through this week do not have alot of wind and snow.

Coming from Denver, take 36 to Boulder and 119 through Boulder Canyon to Nederland where you join the Peak to Peak Scenic Byway (72 and 7) to Estes Park. Stop at Wild Basin on your way into Estes and turn left just before the road to the ranger station for a great view from and just past the bridge. In Rocky Mountain National Park, fall foliage areas would be Endovalley (do not miss the waterfall at the Alluvial Fan), Moraine Park, Horseshoe Park, and Upper Beaver Meadows.

Elk are not usually hard to find particularly in the morning and at dusk. Stop at Lake Estes. They love the golf course. They also frequent Horseshoe Park, Moraine Park and Upper Beaver Meadows. The entrance to the Upper Beaver Meadows Road is gravel but the road is more or less paved.

Fall foliage or not, Trail Ridge Road is a must. Many people take most of a day to drive it to Grand Lake and back exploring the many short trails and overlooks along the way. On the Grand Lake side, the short walk to Adams Falls may still have some foliage and the falls is worth the .3 miles. You may see moose and elk along the Coyote Valley Trail or around the Holzwarth Historic Site. Snow capped peaks make Trail Ridge Road even more beautiful.

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3. Re: Suggested Routes to see Fall Foliage on this coming weekend

Hatchpal, the tram closed Labor Day as it does every year.

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4. Re: Suggested Routes to see Fall Foliage on this coming weekend

forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php…

With this forecast for Trail Ridge Road, I would expect some delayed openings and temporary closures of the road this weekend. The two cold fronts with the snow and wind (as I already mentioned) will cause remaining leaves to drop. RMNP is always great to visit but do not expect much in the way of foliage this weekend.

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