Photo courtesy Jack Affleck
September and October are some of the most beautiful months to be in Vail. As the temps drop, the aspen trees begin to change colors to a beautiful gold, lighting up the entire valley.
Nature lovers won’t have to go far (or even break a sweat) for an amazing color explosion in the fall months. Shrine Pass, just off I-70 at the top of Vail Pass, is forever popular. Or take the gondola up Vail or Beaver Creek mountains and see a totally different side of your favorite ski runs. Keep in mind, the gondola schedule changes during the month of September. It is open Fri-Sun and closes at the end of September. Make sure to double check the schedule before you plan your day: Vail Gondola Schedule & Beaver Creek Gondola Schedule
Want to skip the hassle of deciding on the perfect hike and driving to the trailhead? Walking MountainsScience Center offers full and half day guided hikes. These Nature hikes led by environmental experts and native explorers offer an impactful experience when the natural surrounding views and trails are paired with insightful knowledge of the flora and fauna.