Fall colors abound in Colorado and each year, visitors flock to the state parks to see Colorado’s natural confetti. While many tour the parks by car, try a different option this year for a new twist on fall foliage by visiting the parks by bike, by foot and if you’re up for a little more adventure, on horseback!
If you want to know when and where the fall colors are blooming, check out our Park Search
page, select the Conditions tab, check the 'Fall Colors' box, and search. Each park will provide tips on what the colors in their park look like.
Check out our downloadable Fall Colors Brochure
, which offers eight different trips to see the golden aspens in all their autumn glory.
Stay overnight and bask in the beautiful fall foliage. There's still plenty of good weather so reserve your cabin, yurt, or campsite now.
See our Calendar of Events page for fall activities and hikes to enjoy the changing colors of the season.
This year, leave the car in the parking lot and set out by bike for a 360° view of the stunning shades of fall.
State Parks offer plenty of great spots for fall color viewing, but we've selected a few trails we think you'll enjoy.
• Chatfield State Park: Chatfield Dam Trail
• Highline Lake State Park: Highline Lake Trail
• Mueller State Park: Cheesman Trail
For those who want to explore the parks on foot, lace up your hiking boots and try some of our favorite trails for fall foliage.
Rifle Falls State Park: Bobcat Trail
Roxborough State Park: South Rim Trail
Cheyenne Mountain State Park: Soaring Kestral Trail
Looking for a truly unique way to view the brilliant autumn colors? Try touring the trails on horseback! All the trails below are horse-friendly and you can visit our Parks Activities page for a full list of equine-accessible parks.
Golden Gate State Park: Black Bear Trail
Mancos State Park: Mule Deer Trail
Lory State Park: West Valley Trail