Fall is the Right Time to Visit Boulder

Adventure beckons. Cooler temps and thinner crowds make fall the perfect time to explore Boulder.

By: The Outbound Collective + Save to a List

Fall is fantastic in Boulder. The aspen trees start glowing and the crisp air makes you want to spend endless hours outside.  Whether you're into climbing, biking, hiking or just taking in the Rocky Mountain views, Boulder is the perfect place to be.

Use Boulder Adventure Lodge (A-Lodge) as your home base to explore everything the area has to offer in the "shoulder season." After a day of getting after it around Boulder, you'll be all about the A-Lodge's hot tub, beer garden, and comfortable rooms. Connect with other guests and share exploits from your day, or settle in with a book and sip a glass of wine. You'll feel right at home at the A-Lodge.

Looking for the best spots to explore in Boulder? Here are a few of our favorites.

Adventure by Brynn Schmidt

Eldorado Canyon is a welcoming place for all levels of climbers, from those just tying in for the first time to experienced climbers looking for a new route to tackle. Along with great climbing, Eldorada Canyon is one of the most scenic areas around Boulder, ideal for a day of hiking, picnicking, and just hanging out.

Adventure by Annie Rumbles

For the ultimate fall experience (we're talking a jaw-dropping patchwork of colorful trees), drive the Peak to Peak Highway between Nederland and Estes Park. This 55-mile stretch of road has some of the best scenery in Colorado, and is a great starting point for a trip into Rocky Mountain National Park.

Hone Your Form

Photo Courtesy of A-Lodge

On the less-than-perfect-weather days, hone your technique at one of the area's climbing gyms. Boulder is known to have some of the best indoor rock climbing in the country. A-Lodge partners with The Spot Bouldering Gym and Movement Climbing and Fitness.

Adventure by Brynn Schmidt

Just a short drive from downtown Boulder, the Eagle Sage Loop is an easy place to get out for a short hike surrounded by beautiful scenery. You might share the area with a few cows, as the 3.75-mile loop travels through a historic and working cattle ranch. The trail is accessible year round and pretty flat, so don't worry if there's a skiff of late fall snow on the ground...the hiking will still be stellar.

Hit the Road

Photo Courtesy of A-Lodge

Boulder is a mecca for road cyclists. High altitude, good roads, and a wide variety of routes make the area a popular training ground for amateur and professional riders. Conveniently, one of the best rides starts right outside the A-Lodge. Clip in and wind your way 12 miles up Fourmile Canyon Road to Salina. Check with the staff at A-Lodge for other great rides and info on where to rent a road bike.

Cover photo by Annie Rumbles

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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