6 Must-Do Things for Fall in Colorado

The Best Fall Experiences in Colorado

As the days become shorter this time of year in Colorado, the air turns crisp and the Aspen leaves turn to beautiful yellows, oranges, and sometimes reds. While many love this time of year in the mountains for beautiful views and reprieve from hot summer days, the autumn season comes and goes quickly! There is nothing cozier than a fresh cup of coffee on a foggy morning or smelling the fresh fall leaves on the ground. So, before winter creeps up on us, make sure you enjoy all the beautiful sights of fall! Here are six must-do things for fall to get the most out of this beautiful season in Colorado.

trick or treating events

Bring your little ghosts and goblins for a night of trick-or-treating October 22nd at the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park! We’ll have a costume contest for the most creative families, live music, and more from 4pm – 7:30pm.

Fall & Halloween Events at the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park

1. Dine in Style – Winemakers Dinner

The Winemakers Dinner is a fabulous evening at the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park that returns every year in fall. Executive chef, John Kuespert pairs up with award-winning winemaker Jeff Stultz of the Winery at Holy Cross Abbey, a local winery in Cañon City, for a night filled with delicious eats and incredible Colorado wines. This dinner event takes place September 23rd from 4:30pm to 9:30pm at the Park’s Café 1230 where guests are treated with panoramic views of the Royal Gorge.

2. Trick-or-Treat on America’s Highest Suspension Bridge – Boo at the Bridge

Mummies and daddies take their little ghosts and goblins across America’s Highest Suspension Bridge for the ultimate trick-or-treating experience, Boo at the Bridge! A costume contest will reveal the most creative family at the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park October 22nd. Live music, a dance performance, a coloring contest, and a spooky but educational critter experience by Nature’s Educators will also be held for entertainment during Boo at the Bridge! Follow our social media channels for more information and when tickets go on sale.

3. See the Aspens Change Colors

One of the ultimate Colorado things to do in fall is take a road trip to see the Aspen leaves change colors! Hillsides on mountains turn from vibrant green to golden hues of fall as the air turns crisp, prompting the fall foliage. You can find colorful aspens in most places throughout Colorado, from the Front Range to the Western Slope. The best times to see the peak leaf colors depend on the area in Colorado you visit. Northern Colorado typically shows fall colors first, as the color change occurs west and south through mid to late October. Areas close to the Royal Gorge Region, including mountain towns of Cripple Creek and Victor, reveal some of the best fall colors in the state. So grab your camera, your favorite fall outfit, and a warm cup of coffee and hit the road to see fall colors this season!

Crisp air, chilly mornings, and beautiful aspen leaf colors are some of our favorite things about fall in Colorado! Though this season is short, there are plenty of family activities to enjoy before the dead of winter hits. Here are six must-do things for fall in Colorado this year. Pick fresh apples, visit a pumpkin patch, day-trip to the mountains to see fall foliage, and more are included in our list. A few Halloween events take place this season that will have your whole family howling for fun, like the Boo at the Bridge Halloween Spooktacular at the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park! Get the most out of fall this year with these events throughout Colorado.

Fresh Fall Harvests & More in Colorado

4. Pick a Pumpkin

Find the best pumpkin in the patch! Cañon City, Penrose, and Colorado Springs offer some of the best pumpkin-picking in the state. Try to find your way through the corn maze at Diana’s Pumpkin Patch and then pick your own pumpkin from their large variety of pumpkins and gourds. Take a hayride to the pumpkin patch at Happy Apple Farms in Penrose, Colorado. Don’t forget to try their fresh pressed apple cider and pick your own fresh apples to bring home. This fall activity is one of the best for families in Southern Colorado!

5. Gather Locally Grown Apples & Other Fresh Produce

One of the most popular fall activities in Colorado, especially in the Royal Gorge Region, is to visit our local orchards and pumpkin patches! The kids will love the hayrides and corn mazes, along with picking their own pumpkin for Halloween. Grab a bag of freshly picked apples while they last through the end of fall. Local markets at the orchards and pumpkin patches sell handmade fruit jellies and preserves and honey. Visit Venetucci Farm and the Miners’ Pumpkin Patch in Colorado Springs!

6. Go on a Ghost Hunt

Ready to get spooky? The Abbey Monastery in Cañon City hosts an overnight ghost hunt. The nearly century-old building is situated on 200 acres of quiet land and features Gothic towers, graceful arches and gorgeous stained-glass windows. Explore and experience this grand building, investigating the closed areas of the monastery and see what secrets we can uncover…

Visit Royal Gorge Bridge This Fall

Colorado is full of fantastic fall events and activities! The autumn season is also a wonderful time to conquer the Royal Gorge on our Via Ferrata course. See the Royal Gorge Bridge suspended above you as you scale the rock walls. Stay tuned for details on our first-ever holiday season event, Bridge of Lights! This is your chance to drive your own car across the Royal Gorge Bridge 956 feet over the Arkansas River. The park and bridge towers will be lit up in holiday lights, glowing in the darkness of the Royal Gorge. Be sure to follow us on social media for updates on ticket sales, event information, and more!