Fall is a favorite time to visit Rocky Mountain National Park.  The kids are back in school and the summer crowds have thinned.  The air is clear and crisp and the colors spectacular.  Wildlife viewing is all around.  These businesses welcome you in fall:   More...

Quiet, Scenic, River-front cabin suites with hot tubs, fireplaces, decks, gas grills and kitchens, Only 1 mile to town and 3 miles to the National Park. Great wildlife watching. The View - Priceless!  Streamside on Fall River Details

Fabulous Fall Getaways
1260 Fall River Rd.
Estes Park
40.381347 -105.54465

Leave the fast lane, cross our covered bridge to simple serenity in a cozy cottage, suite or vacation home in towering pines along Fall River. Bask in hot tub bubbles. Warm to the scent and sizzle of a wood-burning fireplace. Fall asleep to the river's lullaby. Roam 30 acres adjoining Rocky Mountain National Park. Enjoy the serendipity of wandering wildlife and friendly gatherings in our library.  Castle Mountain Lodge on Fall River Details

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1520 Fall River Road
Estes Park
40.383069 -105.550332

Fall at Bear Lake

Fall brings clear blue skies and crisp air punctuated with occasional snows, bugling elk and bighorn sheep butting contests. Aspen start turning in late August at higher elevations and the golden leaves work their way down to lower elevations in October. The peak of the gold rush in our mountains is usually in late September. Daylight and elevation set the timing of the color season. Rain, snow, cold and wind affect the intensity of color.

Elk bugling runs from mid-September to mid-October, although some bugles may be heard in late August and late October.

Bighorn sheep stage their head-butting contests in October and November.

For more pictures and information, link to the WildWatch page.

Check on the fall events and festivals held in Rocky Mountain National Park and Estes Park at this wonderful time of the year. Also see the specials offered by Estes Park businesses for September, October and November.

The Town Community Development Department publishes these averages from the Colorado Climate Center. Temperatures are in Farenheight, precipitation in inches. What the averages don't reveal is the variance.

Aug 80 40 2.03
Sep 74 34 1.30
Oct 65 25 .86
Nov 53 14 .57

High variance is the only constant about our weather. There is not a single month of the year which is historically snow-free. On the other hand, there is not a single month in which we do not have picnic lunches on sunny decks.

What to wear at this time of year? Layers, layers, layers. Sunny days, you could be in shirt sleeves. Mornings and late afternoons, you'll add a sweatshirt or jacket. Enthusiastic elk watchers may want a coat, hat, gloves for dusk and evening bugle concerts.