Enjoying Grand Lake In the Fall

As the temperatures slowly drop and the leaves fade from green to the colors of fire, the excitement for fall begins to build in Colorado. Fall is a great time to take part in many of the activities that Coloradoans love, from hiking to sightseeing to fishing. And there are so many great areas to enjoy these activities in!

At Kirks Flyshop in Grand Lake, we love fall just as much as the next person, if not more. We know that fall is a great time to get out into the heart of nature, breathe in that fresh mountain air, and enjoy your favorite activities under bright yellow, orange, and red leaves. If you are planning on visiting the Grand Lake area in the coming months, there are so many different ways you can enjoy the fall season. In this blog, we are going to give you some activity ideas that can help make fall in Grand Lake extra special! Read on for great ideas and start planning your vacation today.


If you are like most Coloradoans, you love hiking, no matter what time of year it is. But hiking in the fall can really take your breath away. While summer hiking can provide you with great views, beautiful weather, and endless fields of green, fall hiking takes it all to the next level. While hiking in the fall, you will be blown away by the pops of bright, warm colors among the dark greens of evergreen trees. Aspen trees often give off the best colors, adding golden yellow flashes to an already beautiful landscape.

Plus, you don’t have to worry about hiking through extreme heat while you walk among the trees in the cool fall weather. The temperature is perfect, the views are breathtaking, and the mountains are waiting to be explored!

Elk Bugling

While some people may not know what elk bugling is, it is a favorite fall activity for many Colorado natives. The fall months are the elk breeding season, which means that they gather by the hundreds in areas where people can stand back and watch these magnificent beasts. During this time, you can hear male elks bugling throughout the day, but mostly in the early morning and later in the evening. The bugles sound like high-pitched squeals that echo through the autumn-colored trees. Each bull has distinct sounds in their bugle, which can be fun to listen for while enjoying this activity with your family.

When you go to watch the elk bugle, we recommend bringing some jackets, a few snacks, chairs, and binoculars to get a better view of the elk! Remember, these are wild animals and you are coming into their home, do not get too close to elk and do not bother them or any other animal in any way. This is a calm and relaxing activity, most people talk in a whisper as to not miss one of the bugles the comes from the herd and to not disrupt the elk in their natural habitat.

Fishing Trip

While many people think that fishing is great in the summer months, fall is actually a great time for fishing, especially fly fishing! The weather is perfect, the scenery is beautiful, and the brown trout become more aggressive, making it the perfect time to go fishing. If you want to experience fly fishing in the fall, we can help! At Kirks Flyshop in Grand Lake, we offer fly fishing trips that will allow you to get the best fishing experience. From float trips to lake fishing, backpack fishing trips to llama pack trips, you can find the fly fishing trip you want to experience this fall!

At Kirks Flyshop, we know that fall is one of the best times to experience Colorado and everything this wonderful state has to offer. We want to help you get the most out of your fall visit to Grand Lake! Be sure to learn more about our guided fishing trips and contact us today to learn more. We are happy to answer any questions you may have and help you find the right trip for you. If you don’t want to go on a fishing trip but just need some gear, be sure to stop by our bait and tackle shop! We also offer all the gear you need to go on an adventure of your own.