Fantastic & Unique Fall Outings in the Rockies
Photo: Mike Murphy/Dillon Reservoir
It’s fall and that means the Internet will be filled with the “Best Spots to Go Leaf-Peeping” posts. The Colorado Rocky Mountains put on a spectacular autumn display of gold and yellows. Take a spin on any mountain road in September and early October and you’ll be treated to an eyefull of fall color.
However, going for a fall drive is cliché, don’t you think? Here are a few unique options for leaf peeping in Colorado this fall.
ADMIRE FALL FROM A BOAT ON LAKE DILLON
Fall is a wonderful time to be on the water in the Rocky Mountains, and whether you paddle, pontoon, or have the need for speed, Lake Dillon has got you covered.
Visitors can rent a variety of boats from Frisco Bay Marina, which is located at the east end of Frisco’s Main Street and just five minutes south of I-70.
If you don’t want to rent a boat, check out the Lake Dillon Water Taxi. You’ll get the same views while someone else does all the work. Take the taxi from Frisco Bay Marina to Dillon Marina for lunch at Pug Ryan’s Lakeside Tiki Bar.
Photo: Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad
OGLE FALL FROM A TRAIN ALL OVER COLORADO
Colorado’s scenic trains offer unforgettable experiences at any time of year, but during the fall the scenery will astound you. From the Fall Photo Train outings on the Leadville, Colorado & Southern Railroad to the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad in Southern Colorado, there are a number or train rides to consider this autumn.
FALL IN LOVE WITH AUTUMN FROM A HOT AIR BALLOON IN STEAMBOAT SPRINGS
Hot air balloons can be seen flying over the Yampa River Valley in Steamboat Springs, Colorado year round. You may have even photographed one or two over the years, but have you been up in one? Wild West Balloon Adventures provides guests with an experience they won’t soon forget.
Whether it’s a champagne flight with your sweetie or an outing with the kids, a hot air balloon ride is one of the most unique ways to see the changing colors in the Rocky Mountains.
Photo: Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch
OBSERVE FALL COLORS FROM HORSEBACK AT A COLORADO GUEST RANCH
Take in the smell of the farm combined with the crisp and smoky aroma of fall at one of Colorado’s many guest ranches this time of year. Some of Colorado’s guest ranches, such as Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch in Loveland, offer trail rides to guests and non-guests. Sylvan Dale also allows experienced riders to help round up their cattle in the fall.