Fall doesn’t stick around for long in Colorado. Leaves change from green to red, and then immediately get buried beneath the snow. So, if you’re looking to get the most out of autumn in Colorado, you have to act quickly to get a lot in, in a short amount of time. Here’s our guide to Colorado fall in a week:
Colorado Fall Oktoberfest
Colorado is home to nearly 230 established breweries and more than 10% of the nation’s craft breweries. We’re a beer-loving state, and if there were an official Colorado fall drink, it would have to be cold and best served in a stein. Enjoy the cool weather and even colder beer with one of the many Colorado Oktoberfests. You can drink on a train, on a mountain, in the street, at the Pepsi Center, or even while running a 5k in true Colorado fashion. Whatever your style, there’s an Oktoberfest for you. Check out a complete list here.
Most Coloradans take an annual pilgrimage to see the leaves changing in the mountains. The peak viewing time is the final week of September and most of the state knows it. So leave early, and look for scenic routes. For premium views, take a look at the San Juan Skyway, Maroon Bells, Kebler Pass, and The Rio Grande Scenic Railroad. For more ideas take a look here.
Bugle Your Heart Out
This time of year, the mountains are ripe with wildlife. Elk in particular flood the streets of one of our favorite mountain towns, Estes Park. For an outdoor, fall adventure head to the mountains for the 18th Annual Elk Fest. There you can participate in bugling contests, archery, elk exhibits, elk-inspired arts and crafts, and more elk-themed events. You’ll also get an up-close look at this majestic, mountain-dweller.
For a seasonal spook, enjoy any of the many of Colorado haunted houses. From The Asylum Haunted House to Ghouls Gulch you can get a scare at some of the top frights in the country. If you’re looking for something slightly more family friendly head to Elitch Gardens for trick-or-treating, spooky entertainment, and more. Tickets are available through Wishlist.
This time of year, cornfields are transformed into intricate mazes for a fun autumnal adventure. Head to one of the many mazes like the Haunted Field of Screams in Thornton, Terror in the Corn in Erie, or the less terrifying trail at the Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield.
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