Fall in Colorado: Where and How Best to Experience It

Fall is stunningly beautiful in Colorado. Now that the strong summer heat is slowly dissipating, and the cold winter is still far away, it is the perfect time to enjoy Colorado’s fall activities such as festivals, scenic drives, hikes, and more.

Keep in mind that due to the covid-19 pandemic, this fall will be a very unusual one in Colorado. Some events have been cancelled, others postponed, and yet others will take place virtually. Also keep in mind that wearing a facemask is mandatory in public places. Read on to find out more about this year’s…


September 28 – October 4

The Elk Fest is a classic Colorado festival that celebrates the annual elk breeding season. Although it was scheduled for October 3-4, this year’s edition happened entirely online. It featured Virtual Exhibits, Live Demonstrations, a live concert, a photo scavenger hunt, bugling contest, and a photography contest. You can check out the highlights at their website. 

Great American Beer Festival

October 16 – 18

This festival showcases 1,100 breweries and 8,806 beers from all around the country. This year the event was held online, with ticket holders getting access to tasting guides, discounts from participating breweries countrywide, as well as special access to other online content. 

Boo at The Zoo

October 17-18, 23-25, 30-31

Halloween at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is definitely a unique way of enjoying the festivities. Highlights include Trick or Treat stations, a lighted pumpkin patch, a haunted house, and of course animal exhibits.

Glow at The Gardens

October 20 – 25

This Halloween event takes place at the beautiful Denver Botanic Gardens, and it features luminous displays as well as live performances. Keep in mind that tickets must be purchased in advance, and they are limited for each time slot. 

Visit a Farmers’ Market

If you enjoy fresh produce and want to support local farmers, it is always a great idea to visit any of the great farmers’ markets in Colorado. Most are open most days of the week and they are definitely open in October. Check out this pdf from Colorado.gov to find a Farmers’ Market near you. 

Enjoy a hike or drive

The mountains around Colorado are especially beautiful during fall, so going for a hike or a drive is a wonderful idea. Some highlights are Glenwood Canyon, Sunshine Canyon, the historic mining town of Cripple Creek, taking the Peak to Peak Highway, or visit Woodland Park. Any of these activities is sure to inspire you. 

As you can see, despite the restrictions there are still all kinds of activities to enjoy during fall in Colorado and there is still time to make your plans and have fun!

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