Colorado’s Best Fall Hikes

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Colorado’s Best Fall Hikes

It was a sweltering summer across the US, but fall is here and now is the perfect time to spend time outdoors on one of Colorado’s many beautiful trails. No matter where you live or what your experience level, it’s easy to enjoy Colorado’s spectacular scenery and vibrant fall foliage on one of the state’s many trails.

Doudy Draw/Flatirons Vista Trailhead
Easy to moderate hiking is accessible just off Highway 93, just minutes from Boulder and Denver. Hikers of all skill levels can manage the easier winding pathway through the foothills. At nearly every point on the trail, there are incredible views of the iconic Flatirons. The trails are loops, so you never have to see the same view twice.

More info: Doudy Draw Trail

Homestead Trail at Castlewood Canyon State Park
South of Denver but north of Colorado Springs, Castlewood Canyon is a short drive from both cities. The area is known for its unique rock formations along the rim of the Canyon. The state park boasts a diverse network of trails, but one of the most interesting is the Homestead Trail, which leads to a site filled with the ruins of the Lucas family homestead. An easy one-mile round trip loop circles the ruins, which are visible from the trailhead parking lot.

More trails: Castlewood Canyon State Park 

More info: unusual concrete ruins and the Lucas Family

Rifle Falls State Park
For those willing to drive a bit farther for a scenic hike, the fall foliage near Rifle, CO is unmatched. Timing is everything, as the colors peak for only a week or so—usually in late September. Rifle Falls State park is one place that offers a multitude of campsites surrounded by thick, colorful foliage and a nearby waterfall.

Boulder Falls
This 100-yard trail is perfect or those who love nature but hate to hike. This trail is usually packed with families and visitors who want to get a glimpse of the waterfall before the trail closes November 1st.  Walk a short 10-minutes up an easy trail for a spectacular view of the rushing falls, ensconced within

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