As the leaves start to change and the world prepares to go into its winter season, you might want to make a change in your life as well by taking a fall trip. The cabins in Estes Park Colorado area by Mountain Village at Lake Estes will give you a front-row seat to the nearby natural landscape’s changes.
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Fall Colors Near Our Log Cabin Rentals in Estes Park, Colorado
One of the simplest beauties Estes Park has to offer is the change of colors that come with the season’s change. Take a drive or a hike and watch as nature sheds its green hues for gold. The pleasure is especially amplified if you’re walking and able to really breathe in that brisk mountain air and hear the crispy crunch of fall beneath your feet. And if you decide to recapture childhood memories with a dive into a leaf pile, we promise not to tell anyone.
There are thousands of elk living in the area near our log cabin rentals in Estes Park Colorado, and you’re quite likely to see them in the fall as they’re out and about for the elks’ mating season. You may even catch the sound of a bull elk bugling as dusk falls, trying to intimidate the competition. Look for elk in the early morning or evenings – you’ll find them all over the Rocky Mountain National Park and even commonly seen within steps of your cabin. Always keep in mind that these animals are wild and give them space if you encounter them.
Rocky Mountain National Park
Fall is one of the better times of the year to visit Rocky Mountain National Park, as the summer crowds start to drop off. Weekends are still plenty busy, though, so be advised that if you’re heading up on a weekend and arriving between 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. you’re likely to encounter a small line and moderately full parking lots. The park is significantly less busy on weekdays, though, so if you can stop by during the week. Most visitors also arrive through the park’s east entrances, so an approach from the west is a strategic way to simplify your trip.
And another way to cut down on traffic and parking hassles is by taking the park’s shuttle. Shuttle services run to and within the park starting on May 25 and stopping on October 20.
Twin Sisters Trail, located right outside the Park’s bounds, is a great place to catch fall colors near Rocky Mountain National Park. The trailhead is located approximately six miles from Estes Park and offers some spectacular portions for viewing fall foliage. The entire trail is 7 miles roundtrip if you plan to trek all the way to the summit, where you’re treated with panoramic views of Longs Peak, Mt. Meeker, Estes Cone, and the Continental Divide. If you’re not up for the full distance, even hiking just a couple of miles in will place you in the center of a thick aspen forest ablaze with fall colors.
Glacier Gorge Trail is another worthy trek that will place you among vibrant autumn colors. This 9-mile round trip trail also leads to the stunning waterfall Alberta Falls, which cascades from a height of 30 feet to Glacier Gorge below. Alberta Falls is less than one mile in, so it’s possible to turn around from here if you’re looking for a shorter hike. Pressing on to mile four will reward with views of Timberline Falls, which cascades from a dramatic height of 100 feet. Along the trail during the fall season, towering aspen provides splashes of color and bright leaves can be seen floating gently down the creek. Fall is a great time to enjoy hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park!
Estes Park Autumn Gold Festival
Estes Park even has its own celebration for welcoming in the fall season. Held at the end of September, this is a fun event to attend to kick off fall in Estes Park. Live music, brats, beer, corn on the cob, funnel cakes, fresh-squeezed lemonade, roasted almonds, and desserts all come together to create a celebratory atmosphere to kick off fall in Estes Park. Several local and regional bands come in to play at this event, offering music and dancing. The Estes Park Autumn Gold Festival is family-friendly, with events such as face painting, corn bag toss, and bounce houses that will keep the kids entertained. If you’re vacationing in Estes Park this fall, be sure to check the calendar to see when this year’s Estes Park Autumn Gold Festival will be held!
Have a Nice Trip, See Us Next Fall
We at Mountain Village at Lake Estes are here to help with your next fall trip. Our woodsy log cabins in the Estes Park Colorado area offer the perfect cozy atmosphere to take in the changing fall landscape of the Rockies. Call us today or browse our website to get started planning your autumn retreat!