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Top Activities and Places to Enjoy Autumn in Colorado

– Nature’s Vibrant Colors, Cooler Temperatures, and Unending Outdoor Recreation Opportunities Make Colorado an Unbeatable Fall Destination –

BOCA RATON, FL – September 2011 – As the quaking aspen trees turn brilliant shades of yellow and gold, Outdoor Traveler Destinations® announces its compilation of top “things to do” and “places to stay” to experience the season’s vibrant foliage hues and ideal temperatures for outdoor recreation fun across Colorado. From the Rocky Mountains, Vail and Breckenridge to Crested Butte, Durango and Telluride, Colorado is teeming with autumn’s natural splendors and activities to enjoy the great outdoors this fall.

Top Fall Season Outdoor Recreation “Things to Do” in Colorado:

1. Hot Air Ballooning – Travelers will be awe-struck by the endless landscapes and magnificent golden Quaking Aspens as they drift high in the sky on a hot air balloon – it’s a novel and adventurous way to take in the season’s splendors! Soaring in the crisp Colorado air, travelers see the granite pinnacles, rocky spires and “Bowls of Gold” below from an exciting new perspective.

2. Horseback Riding – Exploring the wilderness, taking in the colors of nature, and simply enjoying the outdoors is a whole different experience by horseback. With tons of options for wranglers of all skill levels, vacationers can choose among an entire range of options in Colorado, from riding lessons and guided trail rides to equestrian geocaching and complete dude ranch programs.

3. Hiking and Mountain Biking – A good pair of hiking boots or mountain bike can take you up close and personal with Colorado’s nature. Hikers and bikers can traverse Colorado’s multitude of trails and mountain-scapes to take-in the spectacular scenery all around.

4. Jeep tours and ATV riding – Adventurers can journey deep into Colorado’s aspen-covered backcountry while riding a four-wheeler or venturing off in a 4x4. Forest trails, off the beaten path and often explored by merely a handful of visitors, abound in Colorado. Traversing into the wilderness, travelers are rewarded by an amazing golden canopy of color rising above them.

5. Activities on Mountain Lakes and Streams – With its warm sunny days, the autumn months present outdoor aficionados and anglers with a vast array of waterborne recreation offerings to relish from fishing and fly fishing to white water rafting, kayaking, and canoeing. Some of Colorado’s most invigorating adventures are found along its lakes and river-bound waterways.

Top Fall Season “Places to Stay” in Colorado by Outdoor Traveler Destinations:

Durango, CO – This mountain paradise in Colorado’s southwest boasts views of the Needle Mountain Range and the San Juan wilderness area from just about everywhere. In the warmer months of the year, Durango is known for its bounty of adventures -- from hot air ballooning, paragliding and horseback riding to acclaimed mountain biking and hiking opportunities. Some of Colorado’s most popular mountain biking trail sections are located in Durango. Additionally, many vacation properties offer guided tours, nature walks and hikes to summit some of the Colorado’s tallest peaks. Particularly exciting for hiking in autumn is Durango Goulding Creek Trail that climbs above the Hermosa Cliffs then dips in and out of vibrant meadows surrounded by aspen groves. Fall in Durango also offers fly fishing in the gold medal waters of the Animas River, and scenic fall foliage along the San Juan Skyway. Where to stay: Cascade Village, Purgatory Village, Purgatory Lodge, or The Lodge at Tammaron

Breckenridge, CO – High in the Rockies, this area offers some of the most breath-taking scenery during the fall season. Horseback riding on trails and over mountain streams, hot air ballooning over golden aspen trees and mountain terrain, mountain biking on off-road or paved trails are all exciting ways to celebrate fall in Breckenridge. Plus, with White River National forest located nearby, a myriad of fall season activities beckon including whitewater rafting, fishing, hiking, and more. Where to stay: Beaver Run Resort

Crested Butte, CO – With typical autumn days boasting sunny, clear and crisp weather, Crested Butte in the fall is perfect for hiking, biking, and exploring the colorful foliage. Here, large aspen groves are ablaze with colors of yellow, orange and red amid the pristine wilderness of southwest Colorado. White-water rafting, kayaking, fly-fishing, horseback riding and many other outdoor recreation opportunities abound as ways to discover nature and experience the areas treasures in these warmer months. Where to stay: Lodge at Mountaineer Square or Grand Lodge Hotel

Telluride, CO – A stunning autumn setting in Colorado’s southwest, the area’s plentiful aspen groves that dot the San Juan Mountains transform from lush green to gleaming shades of yellow and gold. Throughout the area, fall’s warmer temperatures and clear skies make classic Colorado adventures abundant including hiking, mountain biking, ATV and 4x4 tours, and whitewater rafting. The season is also serves as a playground for boaters and fly-fishing anglers along the San Miguel River that runs through Telluride. Where to stay: Ice House Hotel or Camel’s Garden Hotel

Vail, CO – Fall is one of the most alluring times of the year to visit Vail, not only for the chance to see the entire mountainside of aspens covered in golden hues, but also for the immense range of outdoor recreation that can be experienced throughout the area each day, featuring a myriad of activities ideal for active vacationers such as hiking, biking, golf, horseback riding, fly fishing, jeep tours, ATV riding, white water rafting, and exploring nature. Where to stay: The Lodge & Spa at Cordillera

Colorado Rockies, Western Slope – Accessed easily from Grand Junction, Colorado is a spectacular 300 square mile ranch encompassing mountain forests, grasslands, spring creeks, and alpine mesas. The setting is a mecca for wildlife and active adventures from classic ranch activities and a full range of equestrian programs to fishing, hunting, birding, mountain biking, hiking and many other sporting pursuits. Additionally, Wing Shooting season starts in the fall season and runs through February 2012. Where to Stay: The High Lonesome Ranch

At OTDestinations.com travelers can access an ever-expanding range of outdoor-focused vacation properties, information, and special offers; engage in communication with other like-minded outdoor enthusiasts via the site’s online Community, as well as book their next outdoor vacation experience. From horseback riding, fishing, boating, hiking, and bird-watching, to hot air ballooning, paddling, biking, hunting, mountain climbing and more, prospective travelers can find outdoor recreation travel information by selecting their favorite outdoors activities or they can search by their preferred geographic location across North America and beyond. In addition to traditional leisure hotels and resorts, OTDestinations.com features diverse accommodations offerings that are all outdoor-focused places to stay on vacation – including hunting and fishing lodges, dude ranches, and vacation rental properties as well as more upscale cabins and lodges, luxury glamping yurts, bunkhouses and much more.

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For more information or to book these exciting horseback riding vacation packages, visit OTDestinations.com.

 

About Outdoor Traveler Destinations

Outdoor Traveler Destinations is a premier collection of authentic outdoor lodging experiences. Set within the scenic backdrops of North America, properties presented by Outdoor Traveler Destinations are noted for their diverse activities and amenities dedicated to the outdoor-minded traveler. In addition to hotels and resorts, the company presents dude ranches, mountain and lake properties, hunting and fishing lodges with not only guestrooms, but with cabins, glamping yurts, treehouses, bunkhouses and more. Outdoor Traveler Destinations continues expanding and currently features lodging options along mountain, river and lake areas; near national and state parks; and in camping, fishing, wildlife viewing, hiking, water adventure and winter sport locales across the U.S. and Canada.

At OTDestinations.com, travelers can search and book the ever-expanding range of outdoor-focused properties presented and the company’s unique accommodations offerings, interact in an online community of outdoor enthusiasts, as well as access outdoor travel-related information to fulfill their outdoor recreation travel wishes.

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