Winter Park Reminds Visitors: Hundreds of Miles of Forest Open for Fall Foliage Viewing, Including New Trail

Park closed. Forests open. Come for one last getaway...


Photo caption:  The new Yankee Doodle trail near Winter Park is proof that the area is “open for business,” despite the government shutdown that impacted the national parks.


Winter Park Reminds Visitors: Hundreds of Miles of Forest Open for Fall Foliage Viewing, Including New Trail

–Despite government shutdown and national park closures ‘Colorado’s Favorite Playground’ offers hundreds of miles of trails for visitors to explore this fall–


Winter Park, Colo. – Winter Park-Fraser Chamber wants to remind visitors that despite the closure of nearby Rocky Mountain National Park due to the government shutdown, there are still hundreds of miles of trails to explore in Colorado’s Favorite Playground. Winter Park has more than 600 miles of trails ideal for hiking and biking, earning the area the nickname “Mountain Bike Capital USA™.”


As if to put an exclamation point on the “open for business” message, a new hiking and biking trail has just been completed on Rendezvous near the town of Winter Park. The new trail is named Yankee Doodle after the adjacent ski run located on the now-closed ski area, Idlewild. In addition to offering views of the stunning fall colors, this trail also overlooks the town of Winter Park with Byers Peak in the background, Winter Park Resort, James and Parry Peaks and the Fraser Valley.


Catherine Ross, Executive Director for the Winter Park-Fraser Chamber, says, “This fall has been exceptionally beautiful, and I encourage those who can make it to Winter Park to come on up for a memorable getaway. Winter Park is surrounded by stunning mountain peaks, quiet forests and vast open spaces that are all yours to explore.”


Ross says an added incentive to book a trip is Winter Park’s fall and early winter lodging packages. Visit to book.


Winter Park-Fraser Chamber (

The Winter Park-Fraser Chamber is a non-profit Colorado corporation created to help further and maintain responsible growth in the Winter Park-Fraser Valley area, located in the Rocky Mountains just 65 miles west of Denver.


Gaylene Ore, Ore Communications, 970-531-2336,

Diane Ehlert, Winter Park-Fraser Chamber, 970-283-3548,


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