There’s no better time of year than fall. The world becomes a canvas for Mother Nature to paint our lives with vibrancy—not to mention the crisp, clean air that comes with the season. It’s a magical time to get the family outdoors. Adventure out west to view stunning scenery and to enjoy these best hikes for families in Colorado this fall.
Wild Iris Loop, Alderfer/Three Sisters Park
Located in Evergreen, Colorado, Alderfer/Three Sisters Park—a former cattle ranch—spans 770 acres and features almost 15 miles of hiking trails, including the beautiful Wild Iris Loop. It winds through rock formations, thick pines, and gorgeous meadows filled with vibrant wildflowers.
Bobcat Trail, Rifle Falls State Park
This gorgeous state park boasts some of the most breathtakingly beautiful scenery in Colorado. Bobcat Trail gives a tropical vibe as you venture down the one-mile path. The path links the state fish hatchery and winds through East Rifle Creek, woodlands, and fields. It even has a triple waterfall.
Emerald Lake Trail, Rocky Mountain State Park
This trail will give you the water views of your dreams. Start at the Bear Lake trailhead and proceed to follow the 1.8-mile Emerald Lake Trail. You’ll find picturesque views of Nymph Lake and, in the distance, Longs Peak.
Doc Holliday Trail, Glenwood Springs
Under a mile long, this stunning trail leads you directly to Doc Holliday’s gravesite in Linwood Cemetery. You’ll see the famous gambler’s headstone decked out in coins and playing cards. Before his death, Holliday had traveled to Glenwood Springs under the impression that the area’s hot springs would cure his tuberculosis.
Sawmill Creek Trail, Breckenridge
This 1.5-mile hike is situated just steps from downtown Breckenridge. The elevation changes on this trail are gentle, making the hike easier on the kids. The towering pines will provide excellent shade as your family hikes along the mountain creek. There’s a fantastic spot in a hidden reservoir that’s perfect for a family picnic or rest. Take the loop around the reservoir to finish up the hike.
Gould Loop, State Forest State Park
Here you’ll enjoy a rugged mountain landscape among 71,000 acres of forest and crystal-clear water. The Gould Loop is 6.5 miles of river views and moose territory. It’s been dubbed the moose-viewing capital of Colorado because of the large number of moose that make this area their home.
Before you journey out, make sure everyone is ready for the quest ahead. Read up on hiking tips so that your hike goes as smoothly as possible. Create family memories to last a lifetime as you voyage the best hikes for families in Colorado this fall.