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Fall for Denver: must-see golden wonders & activities

Updated: Sep 15, 2023

Mom and daughter fall fun

Ah, autumn in Denver! It's that enchanting season when leaves turn a kaleidoscope of reds, oranges, and golds. This time of year, it’s hard to find a more breathtaking display than the Rockies have to offer. Whether you're a hiking enthusiast, an aspiring photographer, or simply someone seeking nature's magic, Denver in autumn is something you won’t want to miss.

Check out the display of the golden Aspens

Woman on fall hike

When you think of fall foliage, the fiery reds and oranges of the East Coast may be the first to come to mind. But Denver and its surroundings offer a unique spectacle: seas of shimmering golden aspens. These trees turn a brilliant yellow-gold in the fall, creating landscapes that seem straight out of a fairy tale. You won’t need any filters for your photos here; nature provides the perfect one!

Take a hike, feel the magic Lace up your hiking boots and venture into the Rockies. Trails for every experience level await:

Beginner: The Bear Lake Trail in Rocky Mountain National Park is an easy, flat loop that offers breathtaking views of the aspens mirrored in crystal-clear waters.

Fall hike in Denver

Intermediate: For those wanting a little challenge, the Emerald Lake Trail promises a delightful blend of waterfalls, alpine lakes, and of course, those dazzling aspens.

Fall Aspens in a golden color

Expert: The Sky Pond via Glacier Gorge Trail is more demanding, but the vistas at the top—alpine lakes, jagged peaks, and forests aflame with golden hues—are worth every step.

The Sky Pond in Glacier Gorge Trail

A paradise for photographers

Photographer in Denver with fall colors

Calling all shutterbugs! The Rockies in the fall offer a diverse range of landscapes just begging to be captured. Whether it's the early morning mist weaving through the golden aspen groves, the sun setting behind a rugged peak, or an elk wandering gracefully against a backdrop of autumn hues, you're guaranteed a portfolio of postcard-perfect shots.

Other leaf-filled activities

Family on blanket enjoying fall

Besides hiking and photography, Denver’s surroundings in the fall are perfect for picnicking amidst the aspens, scenic drives through mountain passes, or simply unwinding in a cozy mountain lodge with a cup of hot cocoa.

What are you waiting for? Join us in Denver this fall. See the mountains, enjoy the peaceful scenery, and get back to nature. Pack your bags and come see what autumn in Denver has to offer.


Wondering where else to explore this fall? Check out our curated list of fantastic destinations to visit this season


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