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Autumn in Colorado is a Magical Time


The Best Things To Do in Colorado in the Fall

Matt Bachus

I'm from the Midwest where a strong work ethic was important and, just like in Colorado, the people are down to earth and friendly...

I'm from the Midwest where a strong work ethic was important and, just like in Colorado, the people are down to earth and friendly...

Aug 24 3 minutes read

#1 Take a Scenic Drive

Witnessing Colorado's changing aspen leaves in the high country is a great way to spend a day or two. You can pack up the car (don't forget the dog!) and take a drive over and around the continental divide or get off the beaten path, leave the driving to the pros, and go on a leaf peeping jeep tour. The leaves up high will start to turn before the lower elevations, so be sure to check the fall foliage prediction map for your favorite leaf-peeping area. You can also head out towards Rocky Mountain Nation park and take a driving tour of the Peak-to-Peak Byway.

#2 Fall Train Ride

Scenic Train rides are a perfect way to see the leaves turning by letting someone else take care of the driving! The Leadville Colorado & Southern Railroad runs special trains in the fall. Take in the sweeping views of the Arkansa River Valley on themed rides, including The Halloween Express and Oktoberfest on the Leadville Railroad! Get your reservation soon because these trips do book up! Or, if you're heading to the the south-west corner of Colorado, be sure to book a ride on the Durango & Silverton Narrow Guage Railroad.

#3 High-altitude Hike or Bike Ride

Pack your layers and head to the high country for some great experiences on the high-alpine trails. Monarch Crest, Kenosha Pass or Searle Pass are great this time of year and the views cannot be beat. The temperature swings are greater in the fall, you might ascend with a beanie on your head, and descend in shorts and a t-shirt, so pack for all seasons. Be sure to watch the weather for the occasional afternoon storms.

#4 Oktoberfest

Break out the lederhosen and steins and attend one of the many Oktoberfest Celebrations through out the state.

#5 Visit a pumpkin patch & Fall Festival

The shift in seasons brings autumn traditions across the state. Pack up the kiddos and visit these pumpkin patches, corn mazes and cheerful tasty festivals for a wicked good time.

#6 Hot Springs

Hot Springs are great in every season, but there's something about the cooling air that makes us to want to dive in during the fall. Book a soak in one of these great hot springs pools, or get off the beat path and seek out the "secret" hike-to hot springs

#7 Romantic weekend getaway

Grab your favorite person and head to the mountains for one of these cozy romantic getaways.

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