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  • Phronsie Godwin

Origin’s Colorado Fall Checklist

8 must-try activities for the autumn months.


There’s so much about the fall season to love, especially living in Colorado. The cooler weather, the crisp air, and let’s not forget the seas of orange and gold-hued Aspens.

To honor and celebrate the season, we’ve made a list of the 8 autumnal activities we’re most looking forward to.

Colorado Classics

Leaf Peepin’

A fall-time favorite here in the Rocky Mountains. Check out this interactive map to see when the leaves in your area will begin to change. Higher elevations begin to see a shift as early as mid-September, though you can plan your visit to the mountains well into October.

Calling All Beer Lovers

Drawing tens of thousands of visitors every year, the Great American Beer Festival has been a Colorado staple for 4 decades. The festival brings breweries from around the country, and seasoned judges hand out medals for the most delectable brews.

The Apple of Your Eye

Colorado’s fresh air lends itself to apple farming, and apple picking has long been a staple of the fall season. These 10 apple orchards all offer hands-on picking—a memorable experience for the whole family.

The Denver Botanic Gardens

Feelin’ Floral

This one is for our avid gardeners: The Denver Botanic Gardens’ fall bulb and plant sale offers “a wide variety of standard and specialty bulbs, seeds and plants” grown on-site. Psst… if you’re a member, you can claim early, exclusive access

Not Your Garden-Variety Halloween

The Gardens host special events and programming all fall long, including the Halloween season. At their Chatfield location, you can check out the Pumpkin Festival, where you can explore the 10-acre pumpkin patch and adjoining corn maze. By nightfall, visitors are invited to wander through Glow in the Gardens: a spooky, illuminated landscape that the whole family will love.

Tricks and Treats

Spirits… with a Side of Spirits

If you’re looking for a more exhilarating fall activity (and with a touch of Denver history), take a walking tour with Nightly Spirits. Explore this beautiful city and its spooky sites: haunted pubs, hotels, old buildings, and hear chilling tales along the way. And the best part? You can opt to turn your ghost tour into a pub crawl.

Take a Walk on the Spooky Side

Dark Side of Denver also offers specially curated haunted excursions with tours available in the greater Boulder, Fort Collins, and Colorado Springs areas. These experiences take guests inside some of the oldest and most haunted buildings in the state.

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