Fall in the mountains is a beautiful time, but the weather can be something of a mystery. It could rain, snow, be a clear, sunny day or do all three. With all these varying conditions it leaves one wondering what to pack. Here is our list of the seven must-have items on your fall mountain vacation.


Hiking boots, riding boots, rain boots, cute boots…any boots! With cool days followed by even cooler nights boots are a must-have item. Wear your hiking boots during the day for hikes and switch into warmer dressy boots for a night out on the town.

A Fleece or Jacket

You are going to want a warmer layer. A cloudy day or a chilly evening will require something warmer than a long-sleeved shirt. Bring something that will keep you comfortable in temperatures around the low 40’s to high 30’s.

Rain Jacket

Having an umbrella or rain jacket is a must for the changing Colorado weather. Rain showers will only last for an hour or two, but if you are out enjoying the fall colors you will be grateful for that raincoat.

Warm Accessories

Bring a hat, scarf, light gloves and socks. These small additions can help keep you just warm enough when that fall breeze comes blowing by and allow you to stay outside and enjoy the views. Light gloves are perfect for after the sun goes down to keep your hands nice and toasty.


It’s fall in the mountains and as we all know the mountains are beautiful! Make sure to also pack your battery charger. There is nothing worse than having a dead camera with you (speaking from personal experience).


Colorado is known for having over 300 days of sunshine a year. This means the sun will be out at some point during the day. Make sure to protect your eyes and skin with a pair of sunglasses and some SPF on deck!

A Good Book

You are on vacation. Take some time to sit down with a good book and relax. Wrap up in a blanket, go outside to take in the views and enjoy. Fall is the perfect time to slow down a little and recharge for the upcoming busy holiday season.

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