Fun & Healthy Fall Activities in Western Colorado | Rocky Mountain Health Plans Blog



Fun Fall Activities in Western Colorado

Where to Hike, Bike & Enjoy Autumn in Western Colorado


No matter where you live in Western Colorado, there’s no doubt that this slice of the state is full of opportunities to get outside and enjoy the cooler weather of fall. From stunning, foliage-filled hikes to local festivals, there’s something for everyone and being active helps your overall health as well.


1. Go for a hike near Grand Junction

Grand Junction, where hiking opportunities are plentiful, has 6 scenic hiking trails that are especially wonderful in fall. Not only is hiking great for staying active (especially as the holidays near), but can also help you combat the common cold.


Scientific research published in European Journal of Preventative Cardiology has found that the more fit you are, the healthier you’ll be come flu season. And whether you’re new to hiking or prepping for another Fourteener, there is a trail for you. Don’t wait, get outside and enjoy Colorado for your health and more.


2. Learn about the Western Slope’s unique history

From natural wonders to man-made marvels, there’s no shortage of historical sites throughout Western Colorado. From the Grand Junction Railroad Depot to Creede’s unique Underground Mining Museum deep in Southwestern Colorado, experiencing history doesn’t get much better.


Plus, when it comes to learning more about Colorado’s history, you are doing your body and your brain good. Scientists from the University of California – Irvine found a link between mental stimulation and a stronger memory as wells a decrease in the debilitating effects of aging.


Go enjoy learning more and help your brain health, too.


3. Festival season on the slope

Grand Valley boasts a spectacular list of outdoor events and festivals. In October, you have the 7th Annual STRiVE’s Rollin’ on the River on Saturday, Oct.14 for local families with special needs children. With live music, amazing food, prizes (including the RMHP spin wheel), it’s a great time to get outside for a good cause.


In November, don’t miss the Western Slope Cowboy Gathering (November 2 - 3). There will be cowboy poetry, western music, and a whole lot of fun for the whole family.


On November 16, Downtown Grand Junction hosts the annual holiday season Tree Lighting ceremony. Head back to downtown on December 1 for the Parade of Lights – a great outdoor activity showcasing hundreds of lighted entries dazzling the whole family. With a number of other outdoor festivals this fall and start of winter, you don’t have an excuse to stay inside.


4. Plan an RV trip

Camping – either in a tent or an RV – is a great way to enjoy the outdoors and the cooler weather. While tent camping if more for those willing to brave the very cool evening temperatures (and we tip our hats and beanies to you) may be looking to camp in comfort this fall. If so, try heading to one of the many RV-friendly campsites throughout Colorado to enjoy the scenery and stay just a little bit warmer.


5. Go mountain biking or road biking in the Grand Valley

You could spend an entire lifetime exploring the mountain and road biking routes scattered throughout Colorado’s Grand Valley, but this quick list will help you get started.


6. Plan a date night

Most of the fall activities listed here are great for families, but if you’re craving some time away from the kids, try one of these 8 healthy date night activities.


7. Explore the area’s off-roading trails

If you have an off-highway vehicle (OHV) or 4-wheel drive ride with high clearance, you’re in for a treat: Western Colorado is teeming with amazing off-roading opportunities. If you’ve never gone off-roading before, make sure you know how to stay safe in the wilderness


Once you’re familiar with your vehicle and its capabilities, it’ll feel like a whole new version of the great outdoors has opened up for exploration.