Autum in Colorado is a magical time: the air is crisp, the sun is less intense, and the glow from the changing leaves warms the landscape. It's a great time to get your skis waxed and start to pack up your kayak for the winter. As you start to pull out your sweatshirts and pack up your shorts, It's time to make your plans for fall in Colorado!
If you've got a day (or two or three) and are eager to see the leaves peaking in the high country, pack up the car (don't forget the dog!) and take a drive over and around the continental divide. 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.
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 a special train in the fall for photographers to take in the sweeping views of the Arkansa River Valley. It's slightly longer than their usual trip and has frequent spots for photo-taking. The Fall Photos Weekends are September 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th, 22nd, 23rd, 29th and 30th 2018 departing the depot L&S at 10:00 am & 2:00 pm. Get your reservation soon because this trip 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.
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.
Break out the lederhosen and steins and attend one of the many Oktoberfest Celebrations through out the state.
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.
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.
Grab your favorite person and head to the mountains for one of these cozy romantic getaways.