Looking for the perfect way to enjoy the Colorado Fall Colors? Here are 5 diverse and fun family hotels for the perfect Fall colors weekend getaway!
I just love Fall in Colorado- it’s a magical time everywhere, but there is just something about how our native Aspen trees change from green to deeps golds, yellows, and reds as the temperatures get cooler. We make at least trip up to the high country every year to find the best Aspen groves, hikes and photo opps because, well, we love Colorado fall colors!
It can definitely be hard to go to the mountains for just one day though. We do love Denver mountain day trips, especially our summer drives up Mount Evans, and Fall morning breakfasts at Lake Evergreen. Everyone at our house prefers to stay in a hotel though- it’s super fun and allows us to see the Aspen at sunrise and sunset, and time our trip up and down when there aren’t so many cars on I-70. Here I’ve rounded up 5 of our favorite places to stay to enjoy the Colorado Fall Colors.
YMCA Snow Mountain Ranch
We just had the amazing experience to spend the weekend up near Winter Park at the YMCA Snow Mountain Ranch. It was the first weekend in September, but already the Aspen had started to change and the air was crisp like Fall- I think it was the perfect Colorado Fall Colors weekend even though it seemed early. There are tons of rooming options at YMCA Snow Mountain Ranch– from 44 person cabins to lodge rooms, yurts, camping and camper hookups. You can head up soon for the Scaventure (a super-charged, super-fun, large-scale version of a scavenger hunt) that is going on for the next two weekends, or really go any weekend as there are tons of free activities included with your booking. We had blast hiking around the property during the day and roller skating at night. The best part? It was just under 90 minutes from downtown Denver.
The Gant- A Destination Hotel
This summer we had the most amazing opportunity to camp at the Maroon Bells- and I fell in love. I had always wanted to go there, and it is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. Now I’m dying to get up there for fall- the Colorado Fall colors photos coming out of Maroon Bells on Instagram are to die for. I don’t know if I would want to camp in the Fall however- it might get too cold for us, and we actually l really loved the town of Aspen when we were in the area. The Gant is right downtown and looks like the perfect spot for a Fall colors weekend- and it’s even kid friendly! They have BabyQuip- a new program where they deliver baby gear to the hotel– anything you could need you can just rent instead of bringing along. Amazing!
The Surf Hotel
One of my favorite Colorado Fall colors weekend memories happened near Buena Vista- not only are there so many great Fall colors drives and hikes, I just love the town of Buena Vista and it’s not too far from Denver- only about 2 hours. Plus I always love a visit to the Mount Princeton Hot Springs on a cool Fall evening. One of my bucket list destinations is the Surf Hotel– not only did my friend Aime of Boriya and Company create all of the macrame wall art in each room, the whole vibe of the hotel looks luxe while still keeping up with the mountain charm of the area.
The Steamboat Grand Hotel
I love Steamboat Springs- it’s a top ski destination in Colorado, but I think the off season is one of Colorado’s best kept secrets. We spent one of my favorite anniversary trips at the Steamboat Grand Hotel and absolutely loved it. Steamboat is flush with amazing hikes, some of the best food ever, and of course lots of hot springs options for families and couples. The perfect Fall colors weekend (or weeklong!) getaway.
Canyon of the Ancients
We are planning a trip through Southwest Colorado later this month on our way to the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta. I haven’t been down to the area for years, and want to show my kids a different part of Colorado. Mesa Verde is an amazing place full of history, but we also really love staying on ranches and farms (just like we recently did at Rancho Margot in Costa Rica). Canyon of the Ancients looks amazing. It’s located in the countryside of Cortez, where the private home and rental cabins are located in the scenic McElmo Canyon, a Sedona-like area of Southwest Colorado. And the food looks awesome- fresh, free-range eggs and organic veggies at the ranch plus grass-fed beef and lamb available for purchase.
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