Just before watch-the-snow-stake season comes leaf-peeping-and-flannel season– that’s right, we’re talking about fall! And there’s plenty of adventure to be had right here in Winter Park. Here are the 7 best activities to fuel your sense of adventure and the best places to experience fall in true Colorado fashion. Queue up your favorite fall playlist and plan your getaway to Winter Park to see the fall colors, watch wildlife, and cozy up trailside in the evenings with a warm drink:
Hike Among the Changing Leaves
Rogers Pass trailhead sits near the top of the Continental Divide. This trail takes you up toward James Peak and is above the tree line, which offers views of all the changing colors below and sweeping views of the towns of Winter Park and Fraser.
Located in Fraser, The Chainsaw/Flume trail is great for all members of the group or family. A relatively flat area, both bikers and hikers alike can enjoy.
Bottle Peak trail has flowers, aspens, panoramic views, and one of the best spots to see some wildlife. As you continue on the trail, you begin to escape the surrounding trees so you’re able to see for miles and look at all of the fall foliage.
See Autumn Colors From Above
Catch the fall colors from 10,700 feet! The Scenic Gondola takes you to the top of Winter Park Resort where you can admire the Continental Divide dotted with aspens.
Hot Air Balloon Ride
Climb aboard and float to the best views with Grand Adventure Balloon Tours. This is truly one of the best ways to see fall colors in Colorado!
Hop On A Bike
Whether it’s a road bike, mountain bike, or E-bike, the trails in the Winter Park area are great places to peep the changing leaves.
Trestle Bike Park
Even on the other side of summer, there’s still plenty of gravity-filled fun to be had through the early fall! Ride the Gondola all the way up, then zoom in and out of the changing trees and view the valley from a new perspective. (Pro Tip: need a lesson? We’ve got you covered with Intro to Downhill!)
E-Bike Mountain Tours
If you’re looking for some easy cruising with nonstop Rocky Mountain views, grab an e-bike and join us for a tour! We’ll show you around the mountain, take you up to some of your favorite ski runs (so you can say an early “hello” to them before winter begins!), and help make mountain biking feel easy.
Vasquez Trail System
Get off the beaten path and explore the Vasquez Trail system. When you enter the town of Winter Park coming from the resort, take the first left at the stoplight on Vasquez Road and go enjoy all the aspen groves while weaving through the beautiful fall colors.
Take a Scenic Drive and View Wildlife
Trail Ridge Road
The highest continually paved highway in the United States, sitting above 12,000ft, is Trail Ridge Road. While driving through Rocky Mountain National Park, you’ll see aspens and willows scattered through the highway and in the distance. It’s also a great time to spot wildlife.
Located adjacent to the resort, Corona/Rollin Pass road is a great area to peep the changing leaves with the ski runs in the background. It is an unpaved road with a few bumps, so we recommend having a high clearance vehicle.
Explore the Waters
Grand County is home to some of the best fishing spots in the state. Situated at the headwaters of the Colorado River, the area boasts more than 1,000 miles of streams and rivers, 1,000 acres of alpine lakes, and is home to some of the biggest reservoirs, as well. Whether it’s fishing from the shore, boat, or fly fishing, there’s a spot for everyone.
Meadow Creek Reservoir
A locals’ favorite during the fall months, Meadow Creek Reservoir holds brook, rainbow, and cutthroat trout. There are also some amazing hikes around here for when you need a break from fishing.
The Fraser River & Colorado River are the 2 best areas for fly fishing. The fish in these rivers can be up to 20” long! Grab a guide from Fish Winter Park or Winter Park Flyfisher for the best experience.
Autumn in Winter Park is unlike anything else, and we have some of the best places to see fall colors in Colorado!