Every year, people look forward to Aurora's vibrant autumn display, and we're delighted to provide some of our favorite trails for your next fall foliage adventure.
September is the ideal time to witness this gilded spectacle, but you have to time it right—the color is fleeting, lasting only about a week in most places. The 2022 Fall Foliage Map is the ultimate visual planning guide to the annual progressive changing of the leaves.
Bluff Lake Nature Center Loop is a very easy path. Especially popular with families, yet anyone could enjoy it. One of the greatest sites to view the Aurora Fall foliage around this time is Bluff Lake, which is a blaze of color. Therefore, aim to schedule your visit for the first week of October, any time between 8:45 am and 5:30 pm, for the best fall foliage splendor.
Distance: 1.5 Miles
Given all the water sources, this area is especially lush, and the abundance of deciduous trees results in a wide variety of attractive fall colors. Even though this is a popular trail for walking, road biking, and fishing, you can still find some peace and quiet during the slower periods of the day. Dogs are permitted, but they must be leashed.
Distance: 8 Miles
The nearly 12-mile trail is great for hiking and bird watching throughout September and October. The moderate hike will be worthwhile when you arrive and find a never-ending sea of orange tree tops. The paths are all well-marked on the trees, and the trails are easily visible on Google Maps and other trail apps. So if you have a smartphone with you, you’re all set.
Distance: 12.2 Miles
The route is especially beautiful in the fall when the scenery is colored in hues of yellow and orange by bright willows, lingering summer wildflowers, and a few trees. The months of May through October are ideal for hiking this trek. This can also be a perfect spot for a picnic lunch to break up the hike. There is plenty of space up there, so take the time to enjoy the views!
Distance: 16.1 Miles
This 4.7-mile loop track is accessible close to Aurora, Colorado. It typically takes 1 hour and 29 minutes to accomplish this course, which is thought of as being simple. The park is unique in that it has a wide variety of plants that you won't find anywhere else. Some of them even bloom in the winter, which is a welcome deviation from other well-known locations.
Distance: 4.7 Miles
For a short, manageable hike with a rewarding view at the end, head to Jewell Wetlands Loop. You’ll be at the finish line in just one leisurely mile, and it’s easy enough for your pup to handle, too. Located in the heart of the city, this is a lovely hidden gem. The birds can be heard and seen in plenty there.
Distance: 1.0 Mile
If you’re on the hunt for scenic views in Aurora, sign up for a guided trail ride at 12 Mile Stables. Their ranch will accompany you through the property on some of the best trails and take you to the most picturesque locations. With trails to accommodate every skill level, you can enjoy fall’s beauty at your own speed.
A great little trail for a Sunday afternoon stroll with the family and walking the dog. There are benches and picnic areas along the trail, and even though it’s short, there’s no lack of things to see. Great alternative when you don’t have much time but need to be away from urban paths!
Distance: 1 Mile