To coincide with Gilded Trails , our guide to Colorado's fall colors, we've compiled a list (broken out by town) of where to eat after taking in the autumn splendor.
Aspen: You can go high or low in this iconic resort town. For low-key, order a tuna burger and the kale salad  at CP Burger, or spend a pretty penny at Element 47 . Either way, sit outside to take in the sunshine and, of course, the colors.
Basalt: Just follow your nose to Smoke  for slow-smoked meats and cheesy grits. The restaurant also serves weekend brunch.
Crested Butte : If you've been to CB before but managed to skip over the pizza at the Secret Stash , rectify that mistake by ordering the figalicious pie. Later, wander down the street to Montanya Distillers and order a rum cocktail. Bring a bottle home to make the ultimate sidecar .
Glenwood Springs : If you're headed to the Hot Springs pool, you're just across the river from two of our favorite spots: the Pullman  and Slope & Hatch . Find elevated seasonal cuisine at the Pullman (the vegetable cianfotta soup is a must) and tacos and gourmet dogs at Slope & Hatch.
Idaho Springs: When I-70 comes to a screeching halt around Idaho Springs, exit and head to Smokin' Yards . Wait out the gridlock over a brisket sandwich.
Salida : Stop by Ploughboy for sandwiches and soups, and browse the market for Colorado-specific products to bring home. If you spy a loaf of the elusive cinnamon-swirl bread , buy it. You won't be disappointed.
Steamboat: If you can't make reservations at Laundry , find your way to the bar. Hope the seasonal ricotta agnolotti is on the menu.
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