Summer is flying by. The first day of fall is right around the corner! Before long, the leaves will be changing color, the temperature will drop, and the days will get shorter. With gorgeous, cool weather and plentiful activities, fall is an amazing time to visit Colorado. Here are a handful of ways to enjoy fall in Vail!
Admire Fall Leaves
Colorado's leaf color typically peaks between mid-September and early October. Due to an especially warm, dry summer, experts currently predict that 2021 fall colors will be at their most vibrant towards the front half of September. If you happen to be in Vail around this time, take a hike or drive to admire the beautiful leaves!
Great roads for peeping fall colors by car are Red Sandstone Road up to Piney Lake, Independence Pass to Aspen, and the National Scenic Byway. If you want to hike, check out Booth Falls in Vail. This trail has a moderate rating and is an approachable 3.9 miles in length. If you want to venture to Beaver Creek, then you can check out Beaver Lake trail, which is 4.8 miles round trip and family-friendly. Find the trailhead for this hike at the back of The Ritz Carlton, Bachelor Gulch.
Want to experience an extra special view of the fall leaves? Admire them from the back of a horse! There are a variety of horseback riding companies around Vail/Beaver Creek. TripAdvisor lists many of the tours that are available to visitors.
Fall is the perfect time to explore local breweries! While you're in the area, check out Vail Brewing Company in Eagle/Vail, Ein Prosit in Avon/Beaver Creek, and Gore Range Brewery in Edwards. Vail Brewing is a casual spot to enjoy a post-adventure beer. If you're looking for a real Oktoberfest vibe, then you'll love the German and Belgian beers at Ein Prosit, which can be paired with delicious sausages and pretzels. Gore Range is great for those seeking gourmet food and unique beers. Fall visitors will love getting to try their seasonal caramel apple beer!
Beaver Creek Resort will have its own Oktoberfest celebration September 3rd, 4th, and 5th. If you're around, then you should come sip some German beers, enjoy live music, and play fun games!
Follow this up with a visit to Vail's annual Oktoberfest, which will run September 10-12 in Lionshead and 17-19 in Vail Village! At this festive event, you can savor German beers and foods, admire Bavarian music, and partake in traditions such as keg bowling, stein lifting, and bratwurst eating contests.
Enjoy Restaurant Week
If you're a foodie, then you'll adore spending fall in Vail Each fall, Vail and Beaver Creek hold Restaurant Week, with participating restaurants spanning across two neighboring World Class Mountain Resorts, Vail and Beaver Creek! There is so much yummy food to check out! A list of food specials is available online.
Restaurant week will run October 1 through October 10, 2021.
What is your favorite way to spend a fall day in Vail? Let us know in the comments!