It’s fall, y’all. That means sweater weather, pumpkin spice lattes, and, specifically in Colorado, the best views of aspen trees changing of color throughout the mountains. If you have not seen it before, get ready to behold its golden glory. This is the perfect time of year to explore Colorado’s magnificent mountain peaks, and here are 5 of those beautiful mountain peaks and 5 pumpkin carving templates to match them.
First up is Maroon Bells. Located in the White River National Forest, Maroon Peak and North Maroon Peak are both fourteeners, meaning they reach over 14,000 feet in elevation. These peaks get their name from the iron that has oxidized in siltstone. If you find yourself near Aspen this fall, these two peaks exhibit some breathtaking views of the color-changing aspens.
If you love fourteeners, Colorado is home to 58 of them and Pikes Peak is one of the most famous mountain peaks in America for tourists and natives to visit. About 12 miles west of Colorado Springs, you can experience the most sublime views this state has to offer via hiking trails, or from the comfort of your car, you can drive to the summit. More info about Pikes Peak can be found here.
One of my personal favorites is Mount Evans, as it is the first fourteener I experienced while visiting Colorado. Only 45 miles west of Denver, Mount Evans Scenic Byway is the highest paved road in North America reaching 14,265 feet in elevation above sea level. Mount Evans will close during the winter, so be sure to visit this fall, and on your way stop by AVA Rafting & Zipline for their famous cliffside ziplining and Via Ferrata adventures. Reservations are required to enter and can be made here.
Lone Eagle Peak
Lone Eagle Peak is one of the most stunning exhibits of the Front Range in the Rocky Mountain that you can feast your eyes upon. Standing 11,919 feet in elevation, its peculiar shape makes it one of the most recognizable summit peaks in the Indian Peaks Wilderness of the Arapaho National Forest. This will make for an exciting template to carve into your pumpkin this fall season.
Vail Ski Resort
Last on the list is Vail Ski Resort, a highly sought-after destination in Colorado being the third-largest single mountain resort in the United States. Located near the town of Vail, it is home to world-class hiking, biking, and most of all, skiing. Peak 1 Express offers a variety of shuttle services to Vail from the Denver International Airport as well as the Eagle Airport. You can find more info by clicking here.
So whether you are spending your fall in Colorado, or just wish you were, get in the autumn spirit with these Colorado-themed pumpkin carving templates. Be sure to check out Peak 1 Express and AVA Rafting and Zipline for more information on how you can explore some of these destinations this fall.