Fall colors abound in Colorado, and each year visitors flock to the state parks to see Colorado’s natural confetti! While many tour the parks by car, there are so many ways to enjoy the scenery! Try a different option this year for a new twist on fall foliage by visiting the parks by bike, by foot or, if you’re up for a little more adventure, on horseback!
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1. Find the Confetti of Colors
With rapidly changing weather and highly variable terrain, Colorado offers a new view at every turn! Scoping out changing leaves is half the fun of enjoying fall foliage. For insider knowledge on when and where the fall colors are best, check the
Park Finder for current conditions. Each park will provide tips on tracking down the most striking colors.
2. Take a Car Trip
Sit back and relax on a colorful drive! Some days, the weather doesn't cooperate or we're just too worn out for extreme adventuring. Fortunately, we can take in the beautiful sights from the climate-controlled comfort of our cars! For eight spectacular trips to see the golden aspens in all their autumn glory, check out the Gold Rush, Colorado Style page.
3. Check Out Cabins and Campsites
Stay overnight and bask in the beautiful fall foliage. Take a few days to relax and reset among the reds and golds, and breathe in some much-needed fresh air. There's still plenty of good weather, so reserve your cabin, yurt, or campsite now.
4. Participate in Events for All Ages
Take the season of change as an opportunity to learn! Whether you're exploring with youngsters or just looking to delve into nature knowledge, there's something for everyone. See the
CPW Calendar for fall activities and hikes to enjoy the changing colors of the season.
5. Explore by Bicycle
This year, leave the car in the parking lot and set out by bike for a 360° view of the stunning shades of fall. State Parks offer plenty of great spots for fall color viewing, but we've selected a few trails we think you'll enjoy.
6. Adventure On Foot
For those who want to explore the parks on foot, lace up your hiking boots and try some of our favorite trails for fall foliage. Enjoy the crisp air and sunshine as you take in the stunning views our state offers.
7. Wander On Horseback
Looking for a truly unique way to view the brilliant autumn colors? Try touring the trails on horseback! All the trails below are horse-friendly, and you can visit our Parks Activities page for a full list of equine-accessible parks.