When the leaves begin to change colors, there is a noticeable shift in the community. Although the changing colors signal the leaves are dying, it is a time people truly come alive in Casper! The blissful moment between summer and winter brings so much opportunity and excitement only found this time of year.
The bright yellow and orange leaves light up the trails, the cool air is refreshing, and who doesn’t love sweater weather?! We are in love with this short season on the trails. Not only are the views tough to beat but spending time in nature is proven to improve our mental health, something much needed before winter comes rolling around.
Searching for the best place to take in the fall colors on the trails? We suggest hitting the River Trail for a full fall effect! Lining the North Platte River, the River Trail takes you by the Tate Pumphouse, The Book Arch, Bart Rea Learning circle, and most importantly, shows off the brightest fall foliage. To navigate, we encourage you to pick up our new 2022 Trail Map at the Tate Pumphouse and begin your trail excursion.
Speaking of the Trail Map, the 2022 update is your back-pocket guide to Casper’s non-motorized trail system. The new addition shows new trail connections to our growing network, greatly increasing the community’s access to safe, non-motorized transportation options. The Trail Map also offers a secondary digital trail map that will feature future trail expansion and extension projects, available online to keep our trails community in the know.
During the month of October, we also encourage you to join us in the spirit of fall by doing your own Oktoberfest trail ride! We’re lucky to have access to some of Casper’s tasty local breweries via the Casper Rail Trail. The section of the Rail Trail between Beverly Street and McKinley Street lies just south of a row of breweries on C Street and Burlington Avenue. Using the Rail Trail, head north on Beverly until Burlington Avenue and catch Mountain Hops Brewhouse and Skull Tree Brewing before turning one block south to catch Stahoo’s Brewery on C Street. If you’re traveling downtown via the Casper Rail Trail, you can also stop for a brew at Blacktooth Brewery or Frontier Brewing Company and Taproom just off of David Street.
Beer tastes better when it's earned, so hop on the trail and bike your way through October. For a full look at the trails, pick up your map at the Tate Pumphouse or view the digital copy. Be sure to follow along on our Facebook and Instagram for a look at our own Oktoberfest beer ride on the trails and other exciting trail updates and news!