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Where to Peep Leaves This Autumn

This year, view the changing season from a different perspective.

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While taking a scenic drive or a hike are two of the most popular ways that families take in the fall beauty, Colorado offers a variety of options to witness the changing seasons.

All Aboard for Fall

Colorado rail companies offer spectacular fall tours onboard comfortable railcars, with COVID precautions in place. Passengers can view changing oaks and aspens while riding in open air cars or enclosed dining cars, depending on the class of train ride you reserve. Check out Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge, Georgetown Loop Railroad, the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad, and the Royal Gorge Railroad.

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Cast Your Way Into Autumn

Whether you tie a fly or use a rod and reel, the fall is the perfect time to catch fish. The Kokanee salmon are spawning while trout and pike are in abundance. The Cache la Poudre River, South Platte, Eleven Mile Reservoir, and most mountain streams and lakes offer both great fishing and beautiful scenery. Remember to consult the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Fishing brochure to find regulations and tips.

Saddle Up

When in Colorado, there’s perhaps nothing that represents the spirit of the old west like a horseback ride. With trails in every area of the state, the view from horseback offers a different vantage point than on foot. Saddle up this fall for a chance to see the leaves at Meeker Park Stables in Allenspark, YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, Over the Hill Outfitters in Durango, or Aspen Wilderness Outfitters.

Above the Trees

Beyond viewing the splendor of fall color from 1,000 feet above the ground, floating along in a hot air balloon gifts riders with spectacular sunrises and early morning animal activity. Soar high over the Front Range, Continental Divide, or Steamboat Springs with companies like Fair Winds, Wild West Balloon Adventures, and Grand Adventure.

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