Fall time in Estes Park. That time of year when the air is crisp, sounds of elk bugling fill the valley floor, and the trees become vibrant paintbrushes, coloring the landscapes around us. One of the best places to see this colorful connection between the seasons is right here in Estes Park. We know where to see the fall colors in Rocky Mountain National Park, so grab your camera and head to capture fall’s colors.
For a convenient location to Rocky Mountain National Park, stay at Alpine Trail Ridge Inn.
Not hidden to photographers or the elk that like to graze in this valley, Hidden Valley offers a spectacular show of both wildlife and glowing aspen. Main viewing areas are along US-34 where you can see aspen on the southeast-facing hillside.
This easy 0.9-mile loop around Sprague Lake offers instant gratification for hikers with views of mountain peaks, endless aspen groves and Sprague Lake as its centerpiece. This is one of the most popular fall hikes in Rocky Mountain National Park, so get there early if you want to avoid the crowds.
If you do only one hike let it be this one. The Twin Sister hike is one of the most spectacular fall hikes near Rocky Mountain National Park. Just outside the park’s boundary, the first few miles of the trail pass under a thick aspen forest on fire with colors of yellows and oranges. Start early to catch the best light for that Instagram-worthy shot.
Glacier Gorge Trail
Just south of Bear Lake, the Glacier Gorge Trailhead leads you less than a mile to Alberta Falls, one of the main attractions of this trail. Lining the trail are thick aspen stands that offer just as much shade as they do an artful display of color and grandeur.
Bear Lake Road
Give your feet a rest and take a drive along Bear Lake Road. Start at Beaver Meadows Entrance and head up Bear Lake Road. The road run 23 miles round trip to Bear Lake, guiding visitors along Glacier Creek. Motorists can gaze up at a thick canopy of aspens above them as they make their way down the road.
Head to the remote Wild Basin Trailhead in Rocky Mountain National Park to catch the trail to Ouzel Falls. This trail not only has beautiful aspen groves, but hikers can enjoy picturesque waterfalls of Copeland Falls and Calypso Cascades.
Fall time in Estes Park is a great place to be for a quick weekend getaway. Book your stay at Alpine Trail Ridge Inn and discover what adventure and beautiful scenery await you!