With the first traces of fall color already kissing the aspen leaves in Aspen
and Snowmass Village, Colorado, many are planning their annual fall color drive
through the Elk Mountains. In fact, Ferrari aficionados have had their Fall
Foliage Tour on the calendar for some time, conveniently piggybacking the
Snowmass Wine Festival and Snowmass Balloon Festival.
In the best of all possible worlds, fast, beautiful cars, fantastic wines,
breathtaking balloons and the golden and red leaves rolling over the hills and
mountains guarantees the Rocky Mountain Chapter of Ferrari Club of North America
an unforgettable weekend. On September 12th cars will wind their way
up the mountains from Denver through the scenic Independence Pass for a lovely
The following morning, Friday the 13th, cars will gather to drive
together over McClure Pass for lunch and wine in Paonia, Colorado. A tiny and
picturesque town known for its fruit orchards and wines, Paonia currently is
home to at least 5 wineries, some of which have gained critical acclaim
throughout the wine world. After a fantastic afternoon, drivers will head back
to Snowmass Village for the Snowmass Rotary's Wine dinner at the Viceroy
Saturday morning drivers and their passengers will enjoy the events of the
Snowmass Balloon Festival and Snowmass RotaryWine Festival. While they admire
balloons and sip wine, their extraordinary cars will be on display nearby on the
Snowmass Village Soccer Fields where residents and tourists will have the
opportunity to get up close and personal with the car of their dreams.
Sunday, as events in Snowmass Village wind down, participants will have the
opportunity to choose from one of the many scenic drives surrounding Snowmass
Village and Aspen before departing back to Denver or their respective
The Maroon Bells are said to be the most photographed mountains in the entire
country, and when afire with the red and gold of the fall, there is almost
nothing more remarkable. While access to Maroon Lake is restricted by car, a
scenic drive to the Bells, followed by a hike to the Lake is a beautiful way to
spend a Sunday afternoon in autumn.
Or an afternoon drive to the ghost towns nearby Aspen and Snowmass Village
adds a historic element to a scenic get-away. Ashcroft, originally a mining town
during the late 1800’s is just 12 miles south of Aspen. Visitors can see the 12
remaining buildings and walk among the ruins. Independence, another ghost town,
is just 13.5 miles east of Aspen, making a quick tour between the two ghost
towns a lovely adventure. Tours are offered prior to Labor Day. Visitors can
follow a self-guided tour during the fall and winter seasons.
Grab a sweater, fire up the Ferrari and head on over to Snowmass Village and
Aspen to enjoy the last of the warm weather and to catch the greatest show on
earth as Mother Nature changes her colors in the exquisite mountains of
Colorado! After taking in the leaves and colors, take a moment to see
homes, condos and residences in the Aspen and Snowmass Village area.