Fall is a beautiful time to visit Winter Park, particularly if you time it just right with the peak turning of the aspen leaves, or the annual elk rut.
A quieter time of the year, you can still enjoy a host of mountain activities, but without the crowds or busy event calendar of the summer months.
Winter Park Resort remains open throughout the week for downhill access until September 28th (Village Adventure Park is open at the weekends only), and the conditions are fantastic, as we move out of the august monsoon cycle, to the draw crisp temperatures of September. For those that prefer to go under their own pedal power, the options are limitless for riding quiet trails through the stunning fall colors.
The Winter Park & Fraser Valley Chamber of Commerce has just released their Top 10 Colorful Bike Rides for Fall, take a peek here. All of these trails are good for biking, or hiking, and offer amazing valley views.
Rocky Mountain National Park is a must if you are hoping for a little wildlife viewing during the elk rut (click here to see our ‘stuck in a rut’ blog), and even keep your eyes peeled around Winter Park for Yogi and friends as our big furry friends wander through town in hopes of finding an unattended pic-a-nic bas-ket/unlocked dumpster.
Fall is also a fantastic time to take a horseback ride in the valley. The horses enjoy the cooler temperatures, and adopting their four legged form of travel will allow you a better chance of getting close to elk & moose migrating through the valley. We highly recommend Cabin Creek Stables at Devils Thumb Ranch, as a great horse program offering small sized group rides, through seemingly endless aspen groves.
For the avid golfers out there, our highly acclaimed courses at Pole Creek, Granby Ranch & Grand Elk stay open until the snow flies (generally making it through October). As a quieter time of the year, don’t be at all surprised to find yourself teeing off to empty greens, save for the odd moose or elk that might decide to stop by!
Take a trip to Grand Lake to play around on boats, head to Kremmling for a raft trip down the Upper Colorado, or simply snuggle up in your mountain vacation rental with your special someone. No matter what your preference, there’s still plenty going on, in and around Winter Park during the early fall months.
For more information or guidance on booking a fall getaway to Winter Park, call one of our friendly vacation planners at Winter Park Lodging Company.