Top Activities in Colorado and on the River for this Fall

Posted by on Sep 13, 2019 in Destinations, Rafting, Scenery, Travel, Trip Planning
Top Activities in Colorado and on the River for this Fall

Fall in Colorado typically runs in September and early October above 8,500 feet in elevation. Late September to early November below 8,500 feet. Colorado offers a wide diversity of activities during the fall season.

Rafting & Ziplining

Thanks to record breaking snowfall this past winter the rafting season has been extended to September 29th!! Trips will be running on the Colorado River, Arkansas River and Clear Creek. If you haven’t gotten a chance to experience a whitewater adventure you still have time!

Ziplining is also available well into October, weather permitting.

Visit the largest Aspen Groves

Fall Aspens in Colorado

To view a dramatic transformation of leaves, look for an area with numerous aspen trees. Some of the most sought- after areas for leaf peepers are in the heart of the Rocky Mountains.

  • Gunnison – Southwest Colorado
  • Crested Butte – 35 minutes North of Gunnison
  • Trail Ridge Road – Rocky Mountain National Park
  • Peak to Peak Highway – Blackhawk to Estes Park
  • Maroon Bells – Apsen
  • US 285 to Kenosha Pass; back via Guanella Pass Road
  • Colorado state highway 14 from Ft. Collins up Poudre Canyon to the top of Cameron Pass
  • Boreas Pass Road, Como to Breckenridge (Unpaved)


Denver: SEPTEMBER 21-23/28-30 Larimer Street between 22nd + 20th Street

FREE!! Been going on since 1969. Family friendly/ food/ dancing/live music/ costume contests/ stein- hoisting/ bratwurst- eating contest/

Colorado Springs: SEPTEMBER 28-30 Western Museum of Mining & Industry, 225 North Gate Boulevard

Live entertainment/ family friendly/ 8K road race/ dachshund dash/ stein- hoisting/ cornhole tournament

Boulder: SEPTEMBER 21-22 Central Park, 1236 Canyon Boulevard

Live music/ stein-hoisting competition/ cornhole tournament/ keg bowling/ face painting/ photo booth/ balloon art

Vail: SEPTEMBER 14-16 Vail Village

Vail keeps it authentic, bringing a little Munich to Colorado. They’ll also be pouring steins of beer made by Spaten, which is one of just six official breweries you’ll find at the real Oktoberfest party in Munich each year – Bavarian food/ concerts/ stein- lifting competition/ keg bowling/ bratwurst- eating contest/ activities for kids

Telluride Film Festival

4 Days over Labor Day weekend Telluride Film Festival features 50 different programs across 10 different venues throughout town. Films are not announced until the festival begins.

Get Lost in the Corn!

Colorado has many corn mazes and pumpkin patches scattered throughout the state. Maize in the City is located in Thorton CO, just 15 minutes from Downtown Denver. Offers 2 different size corn mazes/ mini train/ playground/ sand art/ pony rides for kids. Anyone 12+ years old looking for a little more adventure can head over to Haunted Field of Screams, just down the road. Activities available are the Zombie Paintball Massacre and CarnEvil in the Corn.

Get into the spirit of Halloween and find CO’s Top Haunted Places

The Stanley Hotel – Estes Park

Steven King got the idea of “The Shinning” from this 109- year old hotel. They offer nighttime spirit tours that take you through some of the creepiest areas of the hotel. Including an underground tunnel!

Brown Palace Hotel – Denver

Offers a ghost tour to private groups — A luxury hotel that is also said to play host to several other era spirits.

Aspen – Darkside Tour

Learn all about Aspen’s creepy past!

St. Elmo – West of Buena Vista, CO

St Elmo, 1885

St. Elmo, Colorado 1885

One of Colorado’s best- preserved ghost towns has wooden store fronts and a dusty main street that will take you right back to the days of the Wild West. You can tour through the town by car or on an ATV!