Aspen Fall Bucket List
Fall is one of the most beautiful times of the year to visit Aspen. The weather gets a little crisper, the elk begin to bugle and migrate, and the colors change, blanketing the entire valley in a spectacular yellow gold. With multiple events and outdoor activities to choose from during the fall, our friends at Aspen Bucket List have compiled a Fall Bucket List to get you ready for the upcoming season:
- Peep the Fall Colors – As the air gets cooler, the leaves begin to change and the fall colors are a site not to be missed! One of our favorite places to view fall colors is Capitol Creek Trail. You not only get an amazing view of our favorite fourteener (Capitol Peak) the majority of the way, you also are surrounded by lush and beautiful golden leaves! Some other great viewing spots to add to your list are American Lake, Maroon Bells, and taking a drive up to Independence Pass.
- Snowmass Balloon Festival (September 8th-10th) – Another one of our favorite activities to "check off" for fall. This festival is great for both families and adults. Dozens of hot air balloons are staged and launch from Snowmass rodeo lot and scatter vibrantly across the sky. Get there early to see the launching of the balloons and a chance to meet the pilots. If you aren’t an early riser, you can also check out the glow festival at night. The balloons are lit up while grounded all across Snowmass Village. Either way, it’s a great photo op!
- The Meeting (October 9th-12th) – If you love winter sports and films, this is the best weekend to add to your Bucket List this fall. Sponsored by GoPro and AspenSnowmass, the festival features films highlighting snow sports and some amazing athletes who premiere their films exclusively. Last year, Travis Rice premiered his film “Fourth Phase,” followed by an informative Q&A session. The NEPSAs are the kick-off to the weekend, where local athletes submit their short films for a chance to receive $1,000 for first place! It’s a great booster for the approaching ski season.
- Ruggerfest (September 14th-17th) –Watch the Aspen Gents take on teams from all over the world in a grueling rugby tournament at the 50th annual Ruggerfest. There’s nothing like cheering on the home team while drinking a cold beer on the sidelines.
- Climb a Peak – September is the best time of year to cross off "climb a peak" on your list. There are fewer people, beautiful colors, and cooler, stable weather. There’s truly no feeling like the accomplishment and exhaustion after a big climb. There are many near-by peaks that are accessible for the intermediate hiker who wants a bigger challenge: Mt. Sopris, Mt. Daly, Castle and Conundrum Peak. . . just to name a few. None of these peaks are technical in nature. They simply require a level of good fitness, proper preparation, and a long but rewarding day.
- Go Paragliding off of Aspen Mountain- If you’re a thrill seeker, this is the perfect addition to your fall bucket list. Led by professional instructors at Aspen Paragliding, you won't forget this unreal experience soaring above the fall foliage among the surrounding Aspen valleys.
- Participate in the Golden Leaf Half Marathon (September 23rd) - Perfect for runners looking to challenge themselves this fall, this scenic route traverses from Snowmass village to the heart of Aspen Trails on the mountains. Nominated as one of "America's Most Scenic Races" by Trail Runner Magazine, this course stays true to it's name as runners get breathtaking views of the surrounding fall foliage throughout the course.
- Attend the 39th Annual Aspen Filmfest (October 3rd-8th) - If you're a film buff you won't want to miss out on this flagship event. From award-worthy fall previews to acclaimed independent films, attendees are often the first in the country to view these Academy Award winning films.
Good news for fall travelers commuting to Aspen with Aspen Pitkin County Airport's announcement of new nonstop flights from DFW and LAX to Aspen daily this fall. Offered by United and American Airlines, both routes will continue daily until winter seasonal flights resume in December. More information and flight schedules can be found here. Start booking your fall getaway today!