Fall Getaways & Experiences:
An Authentic Dude Ranch Stay at C Lazy U. C Lazy U Ranch will host a special adults-only week from September 27 to October 1 with gourmet meals, luxurious cabins and ranch activities.
Colorado Fall Foliage Photo & Cycling Tour (September 24-28). For 6 days, photographers and cyclists will pedal by a few of Colorado’s iconic locations including Maroon Bells, Crystal Mill and Glenwood Hot Springs. Photography instruction will be provided in the field with classroom time to review and edit photos.
Fall Foliage Off-Road Jeep Tour in Cañon City. Colorado Jeep Tours offers a fall foliage off-road tour from Cañon City into Cripple Creek and Victor. The full day Fall Foliage tour is available from September through October.
Autumn on Two Wheels in Steamboat Springs. Experience Steamboat’s fall colors via uphill and downhill biking trails on the mountain, or bike deep into pristine public land through Steamboat’s partnership with Routt National Forest.
Leadville Scenic Train — Fall Photo Specials. Book a seat on the Leadville Colorado & Southern Railroad to ride up into the San Isabel National Forest. Better yet, reserve a spot on the Fall Photo Weekend Specials for a three-hour long ride all the way up the line.
Aspen to Paonia over McClure Pass. Visitors looking to drive from Aspen to Paonia can take the scenic McClure Pass. The road offers majestic mountain views and a setting drenched in fall colors.
Boulder County Farm Trail. Enjoy a beautiful hour-long drive past a number of farms on the Boulder Farm Trail. Buy the famous sweet corn from Munson Farms, picnic on the barn balcony of Lone Hawk Farm, pick up skins of super-soft wool from Cure Organic farms and more.
Boreas Pass Road. Breckenridge’s Boreas Pass Road brings a stunning scene full of vibrant fall colors, downtown Breckenridge, the ski resort and other peaks surrounding the area.
Colorado 17 from Antonito to the New Mexico Border. Some of the oldest and tallest aspens in the state can be seen, photographed and enjoyed near La Manga Pass. For an even more unique experience, ride the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad.
Highway of Legends Scenic and Historic Byway. This route wraps around West and East Spanish Peak. Along the way, the highway passes beneath ancient volcanic walls that rise over tracts of pine, scrub oak and aspen.
The San Juan Skyway Scenic Byway. The San Juan Skyway is Colorado’s first National Forest Scenic Byway and has been dubbed “The Most Beautiful Drive in America.” Towns along the route include Durango, Telluride, Silverton and Ouray.
Festivals & Events:
Colorado Mountain Winefest (September 14-17). This event includes tastings from 56 wineries in the region and talks with wine and cheese makers, farmers and local chefs. The festival offers tours of wineries, winemaker dinners and more.
Colorfest in Pagosa Springs (September 15-17). Watch dozens of colorful hot air balloons ascend over the San Juan River. Take part in wine, craft beer, and local cuisine tastings, musical performances and more.
Chile & Frijoles Festival (September 22-24). Soak in the fall season and taste the pride of Pueblo — a special, intensely flavorful variety of green chile. Cooking competitions, live music, dancing and more round out the festivities.
Harvest Festival in Glenwood Springs (September 30th). Celebrate the fall colors and bountiful harvest with a full farmer’s market, local bands, art — to view, purchase, and create; farms, fall-themed street vendors and children’s activities.
Elk Fest (September 30 – October 1). The bugle of a bull elk is unmistakable, and every October spectators head to Estes Park to witness the phenomenon. At Elk Fest, visitors can learn about these beasts’ behavior, observe them in their natural habitat, participate in a bugling contest and more.