Fall is unforgettable at Aspen Snowmass. Days can be warm and deceptively summer-like, followed by a sudden dusting of snow overnight. The abrupt temperature changes can set off a tidal wave of color among the aspen trees, willows and tundra plants, creating one of the most colorful displays of autumn in North America.

Favorite fall activities range from mountain biking through the trees, hiking into the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness, visiting historic sites (which take on a mystical mood in the silence of autumn), or just cruising around town. Unlike many mountain towns in the "off season," Aspen continues to thrive with several restaurants, shops and attractions staying open through October.

Come experience our quickest — and arguably most magical — seasons with this guide to fall.

Other Fun Activities in Fall

Hiking in fall in Aspen Hiking at sunset near Aspen Snowmass

Hiking

More Than 100 Miles of Trail Await

The air might be brisker, but the spectrum of colors in fall is just as vivid as summer on the hiking trails surrounding Aspen and Snowmass Village. For a strenuous climb, head up Buckskin Pass in the Maroon Bells/Snowmass Wilderness, or take a mellow stroll along the Roaring Fork. Hiking trails are generally snow-free until November, but keep an eye on the forecast.

Golf in Snowmass Golf course near Snowmass Village

Golf

Tee Up Amongst Fall Color

The Roaring Fork Valley is filled with numerous top-notch golf courses, and fall is the best time to play them from a value standpoint. Mid-week tee times are easy to get, and the mellow weather and colorful foliage only enhance the experience.

Favorite Places for Fall Color

Favorite Places for Fall Color

Aspen Snowmass in Fall - Maroon Bells
First snow covers Maroon Bells near Aspen, Colorado

Maroon Lake & Maroon Bells

One of North America's most photographed spots, Maroon Lake and the twin, 14,000-foot summits of the Maroon Bells are at their best in late September when the aspen leaves surrounding them turn gold.

Aspen Snowmass in Fall - Ashcroft
Ashcroft in early winter snow

Ashcroft

This abandoned but preserved mining town south of Aspen has always felt a little ghostly — they call them "ghost towns" for a reason, right? — but in fall, its spectral presence seems extra strong. Aspen trees surround the entire site.
Aspen Snowmass in Fall - Castle Creek
Golden aspens and mountain views near Aspen, Colorado

Castle Creek Road

Continue past Ashcroft on Castle Creek Road for even more autumnal splendor. Get there early and spend your day hiking to Cathedral Lake or up Castle Creek, or just relax and dine at the Pine Creek Cookhouse, which stays open until the first few days of October.
Aspen Snowmass in Fall - Snowmass Mountain
Mount Daly and fall color and Snowmass Village, Colorado

Snowmass Mountain

The approach to Snowmass Village is always stunning, but especially in fall, as the hundreds of thousands of aspens that drape across Snowmass Mountain blaze with color. Occasional dustings of snow on Mount Daly make the sight even more dramatic. Head up the Elk Camp Gondola on weekends through October 6 and ride your mountain bike through the scene.
Aspen Snowmass in Fall - Hunter Creek
Tall aspens in fall color in Colorado

Hunter Creek Trail

One of the most pleasant leaf-peeping strolls in Aspen originates at the Roaring Fork River in town, and follows Hunter Creek up valley. Aspens in various states of transformation can be found throughout much of the trail.

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