Why is fall a great time to visit Winter Park, Colorado? With cool and crisp mountain air, brilliantly changing leaves and less crowded streets, how could it not be a great time to visit? Here are our favorite ways to experience fall in Winter Park, Colorado’s favorite playground:
Explore Our Trails
One of the most popular reasons people visit is for fall colors. The most unique ways to get up close and personal with the changing season is on our trails! Whether that means biking, hiking, horseback riding, camping or even “glamping,” you’re sure to get the best fall color viewing experience.
Looking for an even more remote getaway? Explore all that Rocky Mountain National Park has to offer from the perfect basecamp, before the snow rolls in.
Experience Mountain Bike Capital, USA™
Big on Biking? With more than 600 miles of mountain biking trails, we have the perfect ride to fit your style throughout the valley. Check out our top 10 colorful Colorado rides before your next escape!
Catch the Big One
Fall is hunting & fishing season in Colorado. With more than 23 million acres of public land, Colorado is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise. Hire a guide for a fly-fishing trip down the Colorado River or wade fish the Fraser River. Find more information and regulations from Colorado Parks & Wildlife before your trip.
Attend a Local Fall Event
Winter Park loves to keep our guests entertained. Check our current event calendar to see what’s going on during your fall visit!
Get a Unique Perspective
Ever taken a hot air balloon ride? Here, you can get a bird’s-eye view of our incredible valley and the Continental Divide year-round from the sky! There isn’t a more unique way to take in the fall colors of the area.
Appreciate Local Art
Our mountain setting inspires artists, visiting and local. Did you know you can take a piece of the inspiration home with you? Visit one of Winter Park’s exceptional art galleries, and find your new favorite conversation piece!
Are you and your family more into making your own art? YMCA Snow Mountain Ranch has a craft center where adults and children can be the artists! Select from tie-dying, stained glass, pottery painting and more. While you’re at it, purchase a day pass and get access to full day’s worth of family-friendly activities to boot.
Learn Something New (Or Old)
History buffs and casual historical fans alike will enjoy the local museums and historical tours throughout Grand County. You can even journey back in time and ride one of Colorado’s great historic railroads, right here near Winter Park!
Prefer to stick to books? Cozy up by the fireplace and pick out a new book to read at the library. Plus, there’s free wi-fi at the library if you want to surf the web!
Go for a Run, Swim or Spin
Even if it gets a little brisk outside, Winter Park’s recreation centers can keep the whole family happy with a lazy river, water slide, lap pool, basketball court, running track, and more.
Want to take a fitness class? From Yoga to Pilates to spin, Winter Park has the group or private experience for you!
The best part? Soothing your tired muscles afterward. Spas and massage therapists are readily available throughout Winter Park, whether you’d like to visit a center or have the services come to you.
Try an Old-Fashioned Night Out
Visit one of our breweries and find a new favorite craft beer at 9,000 feet. Or check out one (or all) of the great happy hours in town for a bite and a sip. Then head out for a throwback night of entertainment afterward: Fraser’s newest bowling alley and movie theater offers 2 cinemas and 8 lanes for the perfect old fashioned night out.
Take a Drive
Once you’re in Winter Park, you won’t be able to miss the fall colors. But a scenic drive can help show you more. Take a scenic drive to spot unique wildlife, including elk during bugling season in nearby Rocky Mountain National Park! Stop by a visitor center if you’re unsure where to start: our knowledgable information center staff have great recommendations!
Pick up a souvenir or two at one of our specialty shops. It’s the perfect way to spend a crisp, cool day in Winter Park.