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7 Ways to Enjoy Fall Colors
7 Ways to Enjoy Fall Colors
Steamboat Lake State Park

​​​​​Fall colors abound in Colorado and each year, so 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!

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

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

  5. 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. 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.

  7. 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.