Schomp BMW’s Top Five Drives for Viewing Colorado’s Fall Foliage

September 22nd, 2016 by

Smoky Mountain Stream in AutumnWith fall in full swing, there’s no better time to ride along Colorado’s scenic mountain byways. Fall colors, crisp air and tasty seasonal harvests flood our state with hints of frostier times ahead. While you still can, get your BMW into the hills and experience these five perfect drives for viewing Colorado’s fall foliage.

Denver Metro: 
Conveniently located between Boulder and the Central City/Blackhawk area, Colorado’s oldest byway is a perfect, close-to-home place for viewing Colorado’s fall foliage. Travel through Rocky Mountain National Park, Golden Gate Canyon State Park, the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and more, with plenty of places to stop and take photos.
Drive Length: 55 miles; appx. 2 hours

Perfect Car: 2017 BMW X1. Its incredible versatility, excellent fuel economy and room for your entire family lend perfectly to a day exploring fall foliage close to home.

If you’re feeling more adventurous, head to southwestern Colorado and take this 236-mile loop for some of the most beautiful sights in our state, fall foliage aside. Amidst the route is a 70-mile stretch known as the “Million Dollar Highway,” alongside the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad.
Drive Length: 236 miles; appx. 7 hours

Perfect Car: 2017 BMW X3. Its extra cargo space and ground clearance are perfect for extra gear and unexpected weather. Plus, a suite of three turbocharged engines – two gas, one diesel – offer perfect mountain passing power. It’s the ultimate road trip companion.

Rocky Mountains: Trail Ridge Road
Known as the highest continuous paved road in North America, Trail Ridge Road (while it’s open!) is part of Rocky Mountain National Park – leading from Estes Park to Grand Lake. Much of the road is above 11,000 feet in elevation, so be sure to bring plenty of water and stay prepared for rapid weather changes and road closures.
Drive Length: 48 miles; appx. 2-3 hours

Perfect Car: 2016 BMW X5. Even more ground clearance, cargo space and capability mean the ultimate in flexibility for any condition, any place, any time. Opt for the plug-in-hybrid X5 xDrive40e to recoup some electric miles on the descent back into town.

Southern: La Veta Pass
Heading south in our state brings you to La Veta Pass – one of the most amazingly picturesque ways to capture fall foliage in Colorado. Plenty of aspens and pines line the pass as you travel alongside Spanish Peaks and the Sangre de Cristo range. Break off and head further south to Taos, Santa Fe or Albuquerque and catch the end of Hatch Chile season, or beginning of the Pinon harvest.
Drive Length: Varies; allow 3-4 hours

Perfect Car: 2016 BMW 5 Series. Plenty of room for the whole family, a comfortable yet composed ride and excellent outward visibility mean the 5 Series is a comfortable companion for longer hauls. Plus, its sizable trunk can hold all of the green chiles, pinon and luggage you can offer, should your travels take you farther south to New Mexico.

Drivers heading past Glenwood Springs on I-70 notice the gradient of mountain colors changing from browns and grays to oranges and reds. The same holds true for fall foliage, as Colorado’s wine country, including Grand Junction and Palisade, brings with it shimmering aspen trees, vibrant scrub oaks and more; especially along the Grand Mesa Scenic and Historic Byway.
Drive Length: Varies; allow 3-4 hours, or make it a weekend!
Perfect Car: 2016 BMW 3 Series or 4 Series. Whether sedan, GT, coupe or convertible, BMW offers an all-wheel-drive mountain companion that’ll make the perfect compliment to your wine country trip. Fall foliage has never looked better from behind the wheel of a more powerful, or more accessible and affordable new BMW.
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