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7 Ways to Enjoy Fall Colors
7 Ways to Enjoy Fall Colors
​​​​​​A close up of fall colors at Navajo State Park.

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, 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. Finding the Confetti of Colors

A confetti of fall colors at Steamboat Lake State Park.

If you want to know when and where the fall colors are best, check the Park Finder​ for current conditions. Each park will provide tips on what the colors in their park look like.

2. Car Trips

A fall car trip amongst colorful aspen trees.

For eight spectacular trips to see the golden aspens in all their autumn glory, check out the Gold Rush, Colorado Style page.

3. Cabins and Campsites

Spectacular fall camping at Sylvan Lake State Park.

Stay overnight and bask in the beautiful fall foliage. There's still plenty of good weather so reserve your cabin, yurt, or campsite now.

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4. Events for All Ages

Children learn about owl pellets during an educational event at Lathrop State Park.

See the CPW Calendar for fall activities and hikes to enjoy the changing colors of the season.

5. By Bicycle

Fall colors along a mountain bike trail at Eleven Mile State Park.

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. ​On Foot

Hikers enjoy the fall colors at Mueller State Park.

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.

7. On Horseback

Horseback riders at State Forest State Park.

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.