A favorite autumn drive for Coloradans, Keebler Pass climbs to 10,007 feet and connects Crested Butte with Paonia to the west. While much of the drive (County Road 12) is gravel, it's usually in decent shape with manageable grades. Though it is only 32 miles long, expect the trip to take about two hours. Along the way, you'll find numerous opportunities to stop for photos or to hike. The road passes through one of the largest aspen groves in the US and affords magnificent mountain views.
Peak color can vary from year to year depending on weather. The photos here were taken on October 1st and most of the areas were clearly at peak, in some lower sections the leaves were still green and in higher elevations the leaves were past past or had already fallen. Weekends during 'leaf season' can find the road busy, so I recommend sneaking away during the week!