One of the best parts about living in the beautiful state of Colorado is the weather! It’s probably safe to say that the majority of you are familiar with the Colorado coined term, “if you don’t like the weather just wait five minutes.” If you are, you can certainly appreciate how this statement accurately reflects a gloomy morning transforming into a sunny afternoon. Though it can be somewhat abnormal to experience chilly days in May, it all balances out when we get those beautiful 70 degree days in mid-January.

That being said, as we enter the fall season, we can still enjoy the crisp mountain air and all the autumn colors that this gorgeous state has to offer. Do you want a guide to some of the best fall hikes in Colorado? Read on!

Staying Close
It doesn’t take much to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and escape to the quietness of the mountains. If you want to stay relatively local, check out these nearby trails.

1. Horseshoe Trail in Golden Canyon State Park – (3.8 miles roundtrip) Highlights: Generous wildlife viewing. 

2. Mason Creek and Old Mill Loop in Staunton State Park – (7.3 miles roundtrip) Highlights: The trickling sound of Mason Creek and Aspen filled forests.  

3. East Lake Creek in Edwards – (4.1 miles roundtrip) Highlights: Beginning as a moderate trek uphill, the trail becomes more open when you reach Holy Cross Wilderness and mostly stays that way until you reach the creek.

Venture Out
For those feeling a bit more inclined to head further out for a longer excursion, these destinations are definitely worth checking out. 

1. Flash of Gold: Buffalo Pass, Steamboat Springs – (23 miles roundtrip) Highlights: In season, this trail is lined with beautiful aspen groves.

2. The Dyke Trail: Gunnison – (13.9 miles roundtrip) Highlights: A favorite in the Crested Butte & Gunnison area, autumn aspens are brilliant and mountain views are breathtaking. 

3. Thomas Lakes: Basalt (15.6 miles roundtrip) Highlights: Serene lake and various options for activities on the trail.

While there are plenty of locations that require longer travel times, an amazing fall hike doesn’t always have to take you clear out of your way. Whether you are specifically seeking a trail with minimal drive time, or one where you can enjoy the journey as much as the destination, do a bit of preparing before you head out so you know exactly what to expect.

Wherever you choose, we know you’re sure to discover magnificent displays of the fall season in Colorado!