Fall might be seen as a transition season, but it shouldn’t be overlooked by outdoor enthusiasts. With fewer crowds, cooler temperatures and vibrant leaves, it’s a great time to get outdoors.

With the right gear, you can adapt these activities to extend your summertime adventures well into the chillier months.

Take a Hike

Have you looked outside lately? The leaves are changing and fast. Fall is the perfect time to have a colorful destination in mind for your hike. Whether it’s aspens, maples, oaks or cottonwoods, the change of seasons has created a forest with a healthy mix of orange, yellow, and red tie-die leaves. Lace up your shoes, grab your camera and take a stroll.

Set a New Pace with Your Runs

On hot summer days, you can literally feel the path’s heat radiating up through your body, making for one exhausting run. Hit the trails in autumn when the temperatures begin to drop, the humidity lessens, and your shoes won’t be as muddy as monsoon season or as dry and dusty as high summer.

Visit a National Park

Summer is the busiest time for national parks (which means the highest prices on lodging, too). Avoid that peak period, and instead check out the nation’s top locations during September, October and November. Plus, the fall is often rutting time for various animals, like elk, moose, antelope and bison, so keep your eyes open and your distance far.


Grab your Fly Rod

For some of the best fly fishing, head out in September and October when fish are getting quite hungry before the winter months. The brown trout abound in rivers, you’ll find fewer bugs buzzing around your face, and afterward, you can stop at a local brewery for a fresh pumpkin ale.

Camp Out

You might have to dig out your cold weather camping gear, but getting your tent out in the off-season is ideal for those looking for the perfect, uncrowded spot and cozy nights by the campfire.