5 Best Ways to See Vail’s Fall Foliage

August 23, 2021
See Vail’s Fall Foliage

Vail is a hub for fall foliage with tons of aspen trees filling the valley. No true mountain enthusiast can be content without witnessing the gorgeous transition of the aspen leaves from green to brilliant gold. Luckily, we have picked out a few of our favorite trails that will get you outside and put you in a prime destination to see Vail’s fall foliage for yourself!

 5 Best Ways to See Vail’s Fall Foliage

Berrypicker Trail

  • Distance: 7.9 Miles
  • Style: Out & back
  • Difficulty: Hard

The Berrypicker Trail is a difficult trail that switchbacks up through the Vail Ski Resort. You’ll pass through aspen groves along the way along with stunning views of the resort from above. This trail is strenuous so if you desire, you can ride the gondola either up or down. If you make it to the top yourself, the ride down is free! But to go up, you’ll need a ticket for the gondola!

Booth Falls Trail

  • Distance: 4.2 miles
  • Style: Out & back
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Featuring stunning views of the golden aspens in autumn and a 60ft waterfall, Booth Falls trail is a perfect choice for a fall hike! The out and back style hike is 4.2 miles in length and features an elevation gain of 1,358 ft. Be prepared with plenty of water and appropriate hiking attire to ensure that you are safe and comfortable along the route. You’ll want to bring a camera to capture the beauty of the falls!

Gore Creek Path

  • Distance: 1.8 miles
  • Style: Point to point
  • Difficulty: Easy

A paved path along the river, the Gore Creek Path is an easily accessible path for all Vail visitors to enjoy the views of fall foliage. Walk, bike, or run along the path to take in the gorgeous autumnal leaves. This path makes for an easy way to get outside with the whole family!

Beaver Creek Gondola with autumn colors in the background.

Strawberry Lane

  • Distance: 2.7 miles
  • Style: Out & back
  • Difficulty: Easy-Moderate

Strawberry Lane is short but sweet! The 2.7 mile out-and-back style trail is a steep trail that takes you up through aspen groves, ski runs and offers views along the way. Be prepared to head up hill on this trail, but the views will all be worth it!

A Scenic Gondola Ride

And if hiking isn’t in the plans, you can always take a scenic gondola ride to get the full effect of the golden Aspens. Hop aboard a gondola in Vail Village to ascend 10,000 ft and see the aspens all over the Vail Valley. Bring the whole family along as children (under 12) ride free with the purchase of an adult scenic ride ticket. Step off the gondola at the top to breath in the mountain air and snap a picture or two!

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