Experience Colorado's Fall Foliage 10 Different Ways

Sep 05, 2012, 10:45 ET from Colorado Tourism Office

DENVER, Sept. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Cooler temperatures signal the start of a new season, and Colorado's color-soaked leaves are begging to be explored 10 different ways this fall. Cast a line in waders next to autumn gold, soar through fiery red treetops on a zip line, take a scenic drive or saunter through the forest on horseback. Below are the top 10 ways to witness nature's artistic wonder this fall season in Colorado.

Horseback Riding. Settle into a saddle on a guided horseback ride in Steamboat Springs and amble through the Routt National Forest along timeless American West trails popping with vibrant golden, red and orange leaves.

Bike A Byway. Begin this aspen-laden ride west of Pueblo on Colorado 96. The Frontier Pathways route climbs into the Wet Mountains and descends into the Wet Mountain Valley, passing aspens blazing in autumn color along the way.

Historic Train. Travel through the scenic San Juan Mountains aboard the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, inviting passengers to ascend the rugged collection of mountain peaks and striking canyon scenery.

Four Wheels. With a summit at 12,095 feet, Independence Pass is rife with stunning autumn colors popping on both sides of the pass and ringed with five 13,000-foot peaks.

Tire Tour. Fruita's dirt trails and challenging single tracks wind along huge flattop mesas allowing mountain bikers to discover panoramic views of valleys sprinkled with glowing yellow leaves.

Hot Air Balloon. Float above pockets of fall foliage speckled along the Front Range's peaks and valleys and throughout Rocky Mountain National Park.

Gondola. The first and only free public transportation of its kind in the U.S., this gondola connects riders between Telluride and Mountain Village, giving passengers a view of crimson and golden leaves along the way.

Two Feet. Fall's crown jewel is nestled along Kebler Pass, where a massive aspen cluster of interconnected roots wows hikers with brilliant fall hues.

Zip line. The landscape of fiery red, orange and golden leaves will shift as guests soar through autumn-tinted treetops and above deep valleys on one of 14 zip lines throughout the state.

Fly-fishing. In the heart of the Roaring Fork Valley, Carbondale is home to some of the finest rivers for trout fishing now through mid-October. The deep blue waters starkly contrast the foliage-lined banks bursting with deep scarlets and golds.

Contacts: Carly Grimes / 720-289-9366, cgrimes@mmgyglobal.com

SOURCE Colorado Tourism Office