Colorado October: Where to Visit & What to Do

The Centennial State has an endless amount of breathtaking sights for you to take in. Especially during the month of October. Not only is the changing of leaves spectacular to see. But you’ll also find many wonderful smells, tastes, and fun activities that are perfect for the whole family. Here are more places to visit and things to do in the month of October while you’re in the great state of Colorado.    

Where to Visit in Colorado, During October 

There are so many places worth visiting in Colorado during the month of October, but these are a few of the most popular places and activities that you won’t want to miss. 

Adore the Changing of the Colors

The autumn season is arguably one of the best times to visit Colorado. The aspen trees and massive groves that put on their colorful spectacle during that time. It is highly recommended that you visit the towns of Gunnison and Crested Butte. Then go out on a hike in order to see some of their truly incredible scenery. Here are other mountain towns that you can witness Colorado’s beautiful autumn foliage. 

Take a Drive

Colorado is home to some spectacular mountain passes. As these do tend to be at higher altitude, the leaves may start to change earlier. But even in October the views from these can be breathtaking.

Independence Pass.

Two of our favorite mountain passes are Red Mountain Pass and Independence Pass.

Whether you drive a mountain pass, there are plenty of iconic mountain peaks in Colorado, And, many different ways to experience them.

Ride a Train

October in the mountains of Colorado is beautiful time of year to take a scenic train rode. Catch what is left of the leaves changing color, along with a possible dusting of snow on the mountain peaks. Be sure to check out Colorado train rides in the autumn for amazing views.

Colorado October views
Fall foliage beneath Colorado’s mountain peaks.

Any of Colorado’s Corn Mazes

Picking a pumpkin out of the pumpkin patch and getting lost in a corn maze is especially a popular activity to do throughout the country during the fall. Colorado is no different. There are many family-friendly farms scattered all throughout the state. Your family will love to visit these that have all kinds of games, activities, face paintings, tractor rides, refreshments, and much more waiting for you. 

About 15 minutes outside of Denver is the town of Thornton. They put on a Maize in the City that kids and parents have come to love. For those of you that are in search of a scare, the Haunted Field of Screams puts together a terrifying attraction that you and your older kids will appreciate.    

Witness Elk Bugling 

When a bull elk is searching for a mate, they let out a strange bugling sound that can be heard a great distance away. There’s no other sound in all of nature that is quite like it. It only takes place around mid-September until early October. 

One of the best places to witness this strange yet fascinating phenomenon is in Estes Park. The annual Elk Fest is a free festival that’s also worth checking into while you’re there. You’ll find bugling contests, arts and crafts, live music, kids activities, elk exhibits, and their beer garden.   

Apple Picking

Sweet and juicy delicious apples are ripe for the picking when fall rolls around. There’re many apple orchards to choose from in the state that allow the public to pick their own apples. Ya Ya Farm and Orchard is located about 36 miles north of Denver and is one of the most popular orchards in the state. 

You’ll be busy making wonderful apple jams and jellies, pies, and applesauce when you get home, or you can choose to stop by Adam’s Apple Orchard & Country Store. Their country store already has made these goodies for you. Their apple orchard is located about 73 miles to the northeast of Denver.  

October Colorado Weather 

You may also want to know that the average temperature for Colorado during the month of October. It is right around the upper 50’s to mid-’60s, so it’s typically a quite pleasant time to visit. Just remember to bring a sweatshirt or hoodie that you can throw on. Then enjoy a hot apple cider when you start feeling chilly. 

The month of October is a favorite time to visit Colorado in order to enjoy the sights, smells, and tastes that keep bringing many visitors back every single year. If you’ve visited the state during that time, what are some other places and events that you would recommend that are worth looking into? 

Then just around the corner is Thanksgiving. Discover our favorite places to visit in Colorado for a Thanksgiving celebration.

Colorado October: Where to Visit & What to Do

One thought on “Colorado October: Where to Visit & What to Do

  • August 23, 2021 at 12:40 pm

    Anywhere you drive in Colorado in the Autumn is beautiful. It is good to know that one can pick apples in some of the many apple orchards.


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