Fall foliage is right around the corner, and we cannot contain our excitement! When the aspen leaves start to turn a beautiful golden color, Aspen/Snowmass has some of the most breathtaking views and it’s one of the best times to visit, which typically occurs during the third or fourth weekend in September!
Drive or bike through the golden leaves up to the Maroon Bells, the Castle Creek Valley, or up Independence Pass. Trust us, you will not be disappointed. Even though it is shoulder season, autumn in Aspen/Snowmass is becoming more popular every year because of the outdoor activities, discounted rates, restaurant deals, and the mid-September to late-September events that take place.
Top Hikes in Aspen/Snowmass During the Fall
Smuggler Mountain Overlook: Hike 1.44 miles up Smuggler Mountain Road and take in the views of Downtown Aspen, Aspen Mountain, Independence Pass, and the Roaring Fork Valley!
South Rim Trail / Yin Yang – This 2.6 round trip hike is located right in Snowmass Village which brings you to gorgeous viewing area of Old Snowmass, Mount Daly, and Capital Peak.
Crater Lake – Drive up to the Maroon Bells and hike up to Crater Lake. This jaw-dropping 1.8-mile hike brings you to the majestic Crater Lake that is surrounded by Aspen’s fourteeners.
East of Aspen Trail – Walk or bike up towards Independence Pass on the East Aspen Trail along the Roaring Fork River! Stop by the North Star Preserve beach, also known as ‘Stillwater Beach’ and take in the views with friends and family.
Aspen Mountain – Every Saturday and Sunday, hike up Aspen Mountain via the Ute Trail to the Sundeck. Enjoy view of the Castle Creek Valley and the Maroon Creek Valley while enjoying lunch.
51st Annual Aspen Ruggerfest: September 13 – 16
Snowmass Wine Festival: September 14 - 15
Aspen Film Festival: September 25 - 30
Golden Leaf Half Marathon: September 22
Favorite Fall Leaf Peeping Patios
Pine Creek Cookhouse – Drive or bike up the Castle Creek Valley which has one of the biggest Aspen tree grove's in Pitkin County, and it is truly breathtaking. Enjoy delicious American Alpine Cuisines that feature local ingredients with family and friends, while taking in the beautiful views of the Elk Mountain Range and the Fall color change on the patio!
Home Team BBQ – One of the local favorites, this BBQ restaurant has the best wings in town and has a famous drink called the "Game Changer." Take in the views while sipping on a game changer and enjoying their mouthwatering BBQ on the patio at the base of Buttermilk Ski Mountain.
Fall Vacation Homes in Aspen/Snowmass