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The Best Fall Activities in Winter Park

  • October 12, 2021

Image via Aaron Burden


Fall is one of the most spectacular seasons in Winter Park. But as autumn quickly gives way to winter, it’s important to take full advantage of it while you can. From exploring the Colorado backcountry on horseback to embarking on the most spectacular hot air balloon ride of your life, check out the best fall activities in Winter Park, Colorado. 


Horseback Riding

There’s no better way to explore the backcountry of Colorado than on horseback. Luckily, there are plenty of spots to enjoy some fall horseback riding in Winter Park. Strawberry Creek Ranch and South Fork Campground both offer horse boarding and camping, while Dog Creek Trail, Bottle Pass to Byers Creek Trail, and High Lonesome Trail are three of the best designated horseback riding trails in the area. 


Mountain Biking

Another popular fall activity that can’t be missed is mountain biking. The crisp autumn weather of September and October is perfect for bike riding. Plus, the area is home to 600+ miles of local trails to enjoy. Trails range in difficulty. If you’re a beginner, the South Fork Loop is ideal but for more of a challenge, consider Tipperary Creek or King of the Rockies. Get out there before the snow sets in!



This is your last chance to fish in comfortable weather here in Winter Park. Fishing is a popular pastime along the Colorado River. There are tons of access points, just be sure to check the limit at each point. For example, some access points have two trout limits while many others are catch and release only. 


Hot Air Ballooning 

Grand Adventure offers scenic hot air balloon rides in Winter Park 365 days a year. Rides take place in the morning only, offering an out-of-this-world sunrise experience. Grand Adventure’s hot air balloon rides were even rated in the Top 10 Best Balloon Rides in the United States by Fodors. 


If you plan on visiting Winter Park this fall, then be sure to participate in any of the outdoor activities above. And if you’re looking for a place to stay during your visit, you’re always welcome at the Best Western Alpenglo Lodge.


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