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Four Golden Experiences in Silverthorne This Fall

Published September 11, 2019
Fly fishing on the Blue River
Fly fishing on the Gold Medal Waters of The Blue River

This year marks the 160th anniversary of the Colorado Gold Rush, but today, travelers look to the state for a new kind of rush: an adrenaline rush. And there’s no better time to explore Colorado’s great outdoors than during autumn when the aspen trees glimmer in all shades of gold, yellow and orange. In Silverthorne, visitors can soak in the fall splendor through a variety of golden experiences. Here are a few favorites:

  1. Fly fish in the Gold Medal waters of The Blue River: Running through the heart of downtown Silverthorne, the Blue River is so clear you can see fish swimming in it from the river banks. That combined with its abundant trout population is why a 15-mile stretch of river was designated Gold Medal waters by the Colorado Wildlife Commission. Local guides, Cutthroat Anglers, and the Colorado Angler, offer a variety of lessons and guided excursions.
  2. Hike or bike the Oro Grande Trail: Summit County is home to some of the country’s best single track, with much of it geared toward expert riders. In comparison, the Oro Grande Trail is a buff, rolling four-mile path that serves as an excellent introduction to the sport. Better yet, it can be linked up with additional trails as riders seek to increase the challenge. Hikers will also love this gentle, easy trail that’s perfect for the whole family. It provides outstanding views of the Ten Mile Range across the valley from Lake Dillon and is an excellent site for fall color viewing.
  3. Swing from gold tees at The Raven Golf Club: The Raven Golf Club at Three Peaks is among the best mountain courses in Colorado. The challenging course was designed by Tom Lehman and Hurdzan/Fry and features lush rolling fairways and immaculate greens set amidst pine trees, aspen forests and snow-capped peaks.
  4. Sip a golden ale at a local craft brewery: Silverthorne is home to a burgeoning craft beer scene. Visitors can watch the sunset on an epic day while toasting their adventures with a crisp golden ale at either Angry James Brewery or The Bakers’ Brewery. On tap for fall, Angry James will be debuting a Citra Lager, an Oktoberfest German-style red ale and an Imperial Red IPA aged in Breckenridge Distillery Bourbon Barrels for seven months.  The Bakers’ Brewery will be pouring a Summit Sunset Saison and will be rolling out a new Football Sunday small-plate menu full of delicious game-day favorites.

For more ideas on how to explore Silverthorne this fall, check out our Exit 205 vacation guide.