Autumn Adventure

Aspens and willows light up the mountainside with rich tones of red, oranges and yellows. Elks bugle in nearby Rocky Mountain National Park. And the air turns crisp in anticipation of snow-filled days. From mountain biking and hiking to scenic drives and wildlife viewing, fall is one of the best seasons for adventure in Grand County, Colorado.

Are you Colo-ready? Before heading out on your Colorado adventure, check out these tips and insights from the Colorado Tourism Office to prepare for your trip.


Hike among the best trails to see fall colors, soak in natural hot springs or view the Fraser Valley from above. With charming mountain towns, endless adventure and fewer crowds, there are plenty of ways to experience a Colorado fall in Grand County!

7 Fall Activities & Things to Do

7 Fall Activities & Things to Do

Join us as the season changes in the Rocky Mountains. Experience these top fall activities, perfect for viewing the vivid colors.

Fall Fun
Scenic Drives & Byways

Scenic Drives & Byways

From Corona Pass to Trail Ridge Road, Grand County's scenic drives and byways offer breathtaking views and rich tones for a perfect fall day.

Take the Scenic Route
Horseback Riding

Horseback Riding

Visit a dude ranch, choose one of Grand County's experienced outfitters or explore with your own horse for an unforgettable fall experience. Grand County is home to numerous horseback riding trails which become even more beautiful in fall.

Horseback Riding in Grand County
Top 5 Places for Fall Color

Top 5 Places for Fall Color

Check out these five places in Grand County for the best leaf peeping around. Explore scenic byways and wilderness areas in the Rocky Mountains.

Peaks, Valleys & More
Elk Bugling

Observe Elk Bugling

Elk Bugling is one of the top fall sights in Grand County's corner of Rocky Mountain National Park. From mid-September through mid-October and sometimes into November, it is elk breeding season. During this time, visitors can see up to hundreds of elk at a time gather amidst the unbeatable Rocky Mountain scenery for an unforgettable sight.

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Fall on the West Side of RMNP

Fall on the West Side of RMNP

Explore the western side of Rocky Mountain National Park. Whether you want to adventure by foot, by car or both, you'll be rewarded with brilliant fall colors and magnificent wildlife.

Fall in RMNP


With 1,000 miles of streams, 1,000 acres of high mountain lakes, and 11,000 acres of reservoirs, Grand County's abundant resources accommodate fishing of all kinds. Enjoy world-class fishing in our gold medal waters that flow throughout Grand County.

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Backcountry Huts & Yurts

Looking for a unique way to enjoy an overnight in the great outdoors (perhaps outside the confines of a nylon tent)? One of Colorado's quintessential wilderness experiences is a night in a backcountry hut. These free-standing dwellings — often a simple cabin, home or yurt that is only accessible via trail — are the ultimate in off-the-grid comfort. Enjoying the rustic adventure of a backcountry…

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Hot Air Ballooning

Adventure, excitement, romance. Leave your inhibitions on the ground as you peacefully soar over miles of open wilderness in your wind-guided craft. Let the wind take you where it may—each hot air balloon trip follows a unique path, dependant on the strength and direction of the wind that day.

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Hot Springs & Spas

In Grand County, there are plenty of ways to relax. However, the most common relaxing retreats that visitors and locals look for are spas. We have some good news: we have them!

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Ready to plan your Grand adventure? From maps and directions to weather and more, we've got you covered for an unforgettable Rocky Mountain getaway.


Contact information

WINTER PARK800-903-7275
GRAND LAKE970-627-3402