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America's Best Fall Color Drives

Gunnison-Crested Butte, Colorado

Gunnison-Crested Butte Tourism Association

West Elk Loop Scenic & Historic Byway, Gunnison-Crested Butte, CO

The Route: 205 miles.

Foliage Update: http://www.gunnisoncrestedbutte.com

The country’s largest and most spectacular aspen grove delivers endless vistas of gold, orange, and crimson. From Gunnison, head to Crested Butte on Highway 135 and on the Kebler Pass Road (gravel, but fine) that connects to Highway 133 near Paonia Dam. Loop back around on the West Elk Loop Byway, along the Blue Mesa Reservoir and the north rim of the Black Canyon of Gunnison National Park.

Where to Stop: Take a trail ride through the forest with Fantasy Ranch Horseback Adventures; try the cinnamon, sugar, and almond crêpe at The Bean Coffeehouse Eatery in Gunnison; and bunk at the Inn at Crested Butte with daily wine tasting.

—Margie Goldsmith

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