You've seen the photos... mountainsides aglow with yellow-gold aspen trees amidst verdant pines under blue skies. It's arguably the most beautiful time of year in the mountains, and Aspen didn't get its name for nothing! This destination has some of the best views of the changing leaves anywhere in the state.
The picturesque vistas aren't the only thing great about fall. The cooler temps, local foods, and more make for a great trip. We've outlined our perfect day in Aspen in the fall.
After long days outside and full bellies, you're going to want a comfortable place to lay your head. The new luxury bedding in all of our vacation units this year will be sure to make that happen. And no matter where you stay in town, colorful leaves are bound to greet you out every window when you wake up in the morning and get ready to take on your day.
After a hearty breakfast (oatmeal feels good in the belly in the fall!) head to the Blazing Adventures office on Durant Ave to get strapped in for your jeep tour. This half day adventure will take you up either Independence Pass, to Gold Hill, or the tiny town of Lenado depending on conditions and requests. No matter what tour you end up on, you'll see plenty of changing colors, gorgeous vistas, and possibly even a member or two of the local wildlife.
Once the tour is over and you've grabbed a quick bite in town, take the free RFTA bus over to Snowmass to experience the new Lost Forest Adventure Park. Lost Forest is tucked in among the trees and rocks at Elk Camp on Snowmass Mountain. It's chalk full of fun. With ropes courses, an alpine coaster, zip lines, biking trails, climbing walls, disc golf, hiking, fishing, and more, EVERY member of your crew will be able to find something to challenge them, get their adrenaline going, or allow them to be at one with nature.
With many restaurants in Aspen creating menus with local foods, you'll see menus start to change in the fall to accommodate the harvest items they're able to gather from local farms. Squashes, pumpkins, and apples start to permeate plates all over town. One thing that pairs well with fall food flavors is a rich, crisp beer. Nowhere in town will you find a better pairing of locally brewed beers and creative seasonal changing menus than at Aspen Tap. Created by Duncan Clauss, founder of Aspen Brewing Company, the modern and casual eatery will have football on the TVs, beer flowing like wine, delicious dining, and a patronage of locals and visitors alike.