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Fall Colors
Fall Colors
Fall colors at State Forest State Park. Photo by Nora Logue.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​7 Ways to Enjoy Fall Colors

​​​​​​​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

A confetti of fall colors at Steamboat Lake State Park.

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 

A fall car trip amongst colorful aspen trees.

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

Spectacular fall camping at Sylvan Lake State Park.

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.

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4. Participate in Events for All Ages

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

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

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. ​Adventure 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. Enjoy the crisp air and sunshine as you take in the stunning views our state offers. 

7. Wander 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.