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How to Experience Fall in Full at Glacier & Beyond

With fall officially here, now is the perfect time to start planning some autumn adventures. Glacier and the surrounding area offer an abundance of exciting ways to embark on fall activities. Whether you’re up for a leisure adventure like kayaking or prefer to relax by going for a scenic drive, there’s something for everyone here. Read on to learn about five ways to experience fall this year at Glacier and beyond. 


Looking to spend some time on the water? Then head on down to Lake Nighthorse, which is located just two miles from downtown Durango. This lake offers loads of activities, including boating, fishing and more. Onsite rentals include paddleboards, kayaks, and canoes. You can also enjoy a scenic walk around the lake to admire the fall colors.


While traveling to Germany might not be in the cards at the moment, you don’t have to get your passport to participate in Durango’s Oktoberfest. Located only 20 minutes from Glacier, this widely-attended festival offers traditional Barvarian-style food and local craft beer. This event provides an evening of fun and non-stop entertainment to the whole family. One of the most anticipated events is the Brewers Brat Eating Contest. 

Take a Scenic Drive

Ready for a day to relax and soak up the scenery? The San Juan Skyway, which is part of the Million Dollar Highway, was named by Travel + Leisure Magazine as one of  “America’s Best Road Trips”. Since Glacier is nestled in the San Juan Mountains that means that Glacier residents have a front-row seat to this magnificent landscape. The “road to the sky” consists of a 232 mile loop where you will see historic old west towns, craggy peaks and vibrant fall foliage.

Pumpkin Patch 

Find your future jack-o-lantern at Durango’s best pumpkin patch. Falfa Pumpkin Patch, located in Durango and just 25 miles from Glacier, allows guests to pick a pumpkin right off the vine. There’s also plenty of family-friendly activities, such as a barrel train ride or corn pit with toys for children. Between the pumpkin picking and the fun-filled activities, you and your family are in for an unforgettable day of making memories.