MESA COUNTY, Colo.-
Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer. It also marks the unofficial start of tourism for the fall and winter months.
When summer ends in Colorado, there's a new list of activities for folks to enjoy.
April Nichols, the events and catering manager at the Wine Country Inn, said, "I mean, with all of the festivals and the beautiful desert landscape that we have, we really have an area that's open up to people 12 months out of the year."
The Grand Valley has a lot to offer not only for the community, but for tourists. Local entities are capitalizing on that.
Mike Porras, spokesperson for Colorado Parks and Wildlife, said, "In the fall, hunting season is one of the main things going on. People from all over the country, all over the world come to Colorado to participate."
Porras also says not to forget your fishing pole if you're heading into the region.
"Hunting, fishing and wildlife viewing in our state parks are all very important parts of Colorado's economy, and they bring in billions of dollars," Porras said.
Wine tasting is another activity that can be done throughout the year, and the Grand Valley is well known for it.
"There's over 17 wineries in an area of about five square miles. They're all going to be open for tastings. Right now they are just finishing gathering off the vines," Nichols said.
The Wine Country Inn experienced record-breaking numbers this summer, and they are hoping to continue that as they transition into fall.
"You don't have to peddle to see the vineyards. There are horse and carriage vendors. There's also a petty cab service here in town," said Nichols.
The Colorado National Monument is also open for business. Fall programs are starting up again and they are geared toward both children and adults. The fall Walks and Talks offer a unique learning experience.
When the snow starts to fall, folks can take advantage of snowshoeing.
Nichols said, "You can go right from hiking and biking and rafting to skiing and snowmobiling."
Fall is a perfect time for people to come and see the many shades that colorful Colorado has to offer.
For a list of ranger-led programs at the Colorado National Monument, click here