Rocky Mountains – Colorado
As Autumn nears in the mighty Rocky Mountains of Colorado, the color-soaked leaves begin their annual transformation. The cooler temperatures unleash a spectacle of colors that should not be missed.
In addition to watching the fall foliage, Colorado has so much to offer including fishing in crystal clear rivers, zip line amongst the red treetops, enjoy horseback riding or a scenic drive through the picture-perfect, beautiful mountain scenery.
Colorado is an incredible place, offering a four-season destination with amazing adventure and recreational pursuits. From a diversified arts scene, variety of fine dining cuisine, 10 national parks, and of course …. 25 world renowned ski areas and resorts.
The Colorado Tourism Office has put together top 10 ways visitors to Colorado can enjoy all the Rocky Mountain state has to offer.
Zip line. (http://www.zipadventures.com/) The landscape of fiery red, orange and golden leaves will shift as guests soar through autumn-tinted treetops and above deep valleys on one of 14 zip lines throughout the state. Thrill seekers will feel the rush and crisp autumn air as they glide over changing scenes at Zip Adventures near Vail.
Horseback Riding. (http://www.steamboat-chamber.com/) Settle into a saddle on a guided horseback ride in Steamboat Springs to experience Colorado’s fall frontier just like the cowboys. Amble through the Routt National Forest along timeless American West trails popping with vibrant golden, red and orange leaves.
Bike A Byway.
this aspen-laden ride west of Pueblo on Colorado 96. The Frontier Pathways route climbs into the Wet Mountains and descends into the Wet Mountain Valley, passing aspens blazing in autumn color along the way.
Four Wheels. (http://www.visitleadvilleco.com/scenic_byway) With a summit at 12,095 feet, Independence Pass connects Aspen – a city named for the quintessential Colorado tree – and Twin Lakes, the largest glacial lake in Colorado and is open during early fall. Independence Pass is rife with stunning autumn colors popping on both sides of the pass and ringed with five 13,000-foot peaks.
(http://www.visittelluride.com/discover-telluride/our-two-towns/gondola) Leaf peep the quaking aspens nestled in Telluride’s box canyon while sailing through the trees. The first and only free public transportation of its kind in the U.S., this gondola connects riders between Telluride and Mountain Village, giving passengers an ever-changing view of the crimson and golden leaves along the way.
Tire Tour. (http://gofruita.com/biking.html) Fruita’s dirt trails and challenging single tracks wind along huge flattop mesas allowing mountain bikers to discover panoramic views of valleys sprinkled with glowing yellow leaves.
Hot Air Balloon. (http://www.hotairballoonridescolorado.com/) Fall’s cooler climate and artist’s palette of nature’s colors make for an ideal time to take to the air. Float above pockets of fall foliage speckled along the Front Range’s peaks and valleys and throughout Rocky Mountain National Park. Take in colorful views on a hot air balloon ride with Fair Winds in Boulder.
Two Feet. (http://www.gunnisoncrestedbutte.com/hiking-info) Fall’s crown jewel is nestled along Kebler Pass, where a massive aspen cluster of interconnected roots wows hikers with brilliant fall hues.
The radiant yellow and red leaves on Kebler create a textured denseness that is unique to this area. Take the hiking trails Kebler Wagon Trail #606 and Dyke Trail #838 for even more leaf peeping opportunities.
Historic Train. (http://www.durangotrain.com) Travel through the scenic San Juan Mountains aboard the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. Between Durango and the historic mining town of Silverton, this locomotive allows passengers to experience color-drenched aspens that line the free-flowing Animas River and ascend the rugged collection of mountain peaks and striking canyon scenery.
Fly-fishing. (http://www.roaringforkanglers.com/) Carbondale lies in the heart of the Roaring Fork Valley, home to some of the finest rivers for trout fishing, especially from mid-September to mid-October. The deep blue waters starkly contrast the foliage-lined banks bursting with deep scarlets and golds. Tranquility and a wide variety of water types await fly-fishers this fall with Roaring Fork Anglers.
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