upper piney lake trail

Do you want to experience what it’s like to visit Colorado in the fall? It’s a spectacular time of the year when the weather starts to get a bit chilly, the leaves change colors, and everyone looks forward to outdoor activities, apple cider, pumpkin patches, and hayrides. If you’d like to experience what Colorado has to offer, check out this list of impressive fun fall activities that you can do throughout the state. You don’t want to miss the chance to have a blast while the weather is just right!

views aboard train through royal gorge
Royal Gorge Railroad train along the Arkansas River.

Take an Amazing Train Ride

If you love trains and want to experience riding in one while in Colorado, be sure to check out the Royal Gorge Route Railroad in Canon City, Georgetown Loop Railroad or Royal Gorge Route Railroad, both of which offer excellent opportunities to visitors. For example, the Georgetown Loop Railroad is a kid-friendly activity. The ride lasts for an hour and fifteen minutes, giving everyone the chance to check out the stunning scenery in the area while moving at fast speeds. 

It’s an experience of a lifetime. Not only can you see a lot, but you can learn much more about the area. It’s the perfect thing to do in the fall with children, along with anyone else you’re traveling with, such as friends and other family members.

Vail’s Oktoberfest is one of the most authentic fall festivals in the state. Photo courtesy VLMD/ Jack Affleck.

Check Out Oktoberfest

Much like several areas throughout the country, Colorado hosts Oktoberfest in different parts of the state. You’ll have the option of attending one or more of these top-rated options, such as Brecktoberfet in Breckenridge, Vail Oktoberfest, and Denver’s Oktoberfest. No matter which option you choose, you’re sure to have a good time socializing with new people, trying delicious foods, and having great beverages that are easily accessible. If you decide that you’d like to do this, be sure to buy your tickets in advance. People travel from different parts of the country to participate in these fun events.

You really haven’t experienced the Colorado mountains if you haven’t been to an Oktoberfest celebration. This is one of the not-to-miss fall activities in Colorado.

Kids picking out pumpkins at a fall pumpkin patch.

Go to a Pumpkin Patch

Can you celebrate the fall season without visiting a pumpkin patch at some point? Probably not! It’s one of the top-rated things to do during the season. A pumpkin patch is a perfect place to visit with children of all ages. Whether you have teens, tweens, or even toddlers, you can make memories and explore the area while picking pumpkins and taking hayrides. 

Not sure which pumpkin patch to visit? You have plenty of options. Some of the great places to visit in Colorado include the Colorado Pumpkin Patch and Longneck Pumpkin Farm. The Rocky Mountain Pumpkin Ranch is another top-rated spot to visit. No matter which place you choose, you can pick your favorite pumpkins, enjoy some apple cider, and check out the other great offerings provided by these great companies.

Spend Time at Elk Fest in Estes Park

Elk Fest in Estes Park is a family-oriented festival, perfect for those who’d like to have fun during the fall season. During the Elk Fest, you can check out the different vendors selling incredible food, beverages, jewelry, and other fantastic items. You never know what you might find while you’re there. 

Along with enjoying the excellent food and drinks and checking out the special items for sale, you can listen to good music and meet new people. It’s the perfect way to socialize with both locals and tourists who want to experience the fun and excitement of Elk Fest in Estes Park.

Experience the Boo at the Zoo

Take the children to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo to celebrate the Boo at the Zoo. Children get to wear their costumes and go trick-or-treating at the zoo while getting the chance to check out some neat exhibits. If your children love animals, this is the perfect place to visit. Walk around the zoo, learn new things about many beautiful creatures living in conditions similar to their natural habitats, and take pictures of the experience to add to your photo album full of memories. 

Children can see penguins, elephants, lions, and other incredible creatures in person while at the ZooZoo. Anyone two years old or younger gets access to the ZooZoo for only 75 cents, making this an amazing opportunity that you don’t want to miss in October.

Enjoy the Denver Botanic Gardens Pumpkin Festival

The Pumpkin Festival at Denver Botanic Gardens is another excellent activity worth doing with the family during the fall. It takes place Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, giving visitors plenty of time to experience the festival and what it all has to offer. It’s a great place to visit with the entire family. 

Children can pick out pumpkins and walk through the neat corn maze. Good food and beverages are available for purchase, and there are many other beautiful things to check out while visiting the Denver Botanic Gardens. If you want to have a relaxing and enjoyable time with loved ones, this is a great choice.

Take a Trip to One of the Local Farmers Markets

Be sure to take a trip to one or more of the local farmers’ markets throughout Colorado. The state is home to many incredible markets, including the Boulder Farmers’ Market, Broomfield Farmers’ Market, Vail Farmers Market and the Colorado Farm & Arts Market. While you’re at the markets, you can find lots of great fruits and vegetables available for purchase, along with assorted baked goods. In addition, you can find lots of great treats at these markets. Most importantly, you’re supporting the locals when you buy these incredible foods from them.

Visiting the farmers markets in one of our favorite fall activities in Colorado.

The drive over Independence Pass to Snowmass boasts some of the most stunning gold fall colors in Colorado. But the fall foliage in Snowmass itself is also impressive. Photo courtesy Aspen Snowmass and Jeremy Swanson.

See the Golden Aspen Leaves

A fun train ride is only one way to take in the beautiful colors of the aspens turning gold. Take a drive on one of Colorado’s stunning mountain passes. Check out a family-friendly hiking trail. Take a leisurely horseback ride through mountain trails. Ride a bike, either on a mountain bike trail, down Vail Pass or along the river. Or, take this opportunity to try our an ebike with a tour. In our opinion, fall is a bit cool for camping. But it is the ideal time to check out Colorado glamping sites.

Beautiful scenery on a Palisade Ranch horseback ride
It would have been difficult to take a bad picture on our Palisade Ranch horseback ride at Gateway Canyons Resort.

Fall May be the Best Time to Visit Colorado

Visitors flock to the state for the epic skiing and snowboarding. But winter days are cold and short. Summer is amazing with colorful wildflowers, outdoor activities galore and more concerts than you can imagine. But like winter it is busy. Time seems to slow down a bit in fall in Colorado. Oh, there’s still lots to do. But kids are back in school. Weekdays in the mountains are quieter. Evenings are crisp. It is certainly a special time in this beautiful mountain state.

When you’re visiting Colorado in the fall, you can keep yourself entertained and busy while having a good time with family and friends. There are many great activities to participate in that allow you to make some great memories with loved ones. From visiting the local ZooZoo for trick-or-treating, going on a train ride to explore the area, visiting a pumpkin patch, celebrating Oktoberfest, and even seeing some of the farmers’ markets in the area that sells a bunch of neat things, you have lots of options available! So which activities would you like to do first?

So, So Many Fun Fall Activities in Colorado

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *