Some places celebrate the arrival of fall with pumpkin and spice lattes. Not here.
In Colorado, we mark the change of seasons with awe-inspiring gold leaf, bountiful apple and chili harvests, and the famous elk rut.
Here are 10 very Colorado activities to cross off your fall bucket list.
Take a selfie looking at the leaves
Whether you experience the magic of leaf-watching season on a scenic drive, hike, or mountain town getaway, don’t be ashamed to immortalize the moment with a photo or 10. After all, vibrantly colored golden and red leaves are fleeting. A photo will last you forever.
Be among the first to visit Meow Wolf Denver
After years of waiting, the psychedelic Meow Wolf playground finally opened in Denver on September 17. The four-story, 90,000-square-foot installation showcases the work of more than 100 Colorado artists. Hungry visitors will also find local dishes on the menu. We’ve got all the tips and tricks you need to know before you go, including directions to the Dark Zone it’s located, parking information, and places to eat and drink nearby before your ticket time. Open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday. $ 45 for general admission ($ 35 for Colorado residents), $ 40 for children, seniors, and military personnel ($ 30 for Colorado residents). 1338 1st St., Denver. meowwolf.com/visit/denver. 720-792-1200.
Go pick apples
It’s been almost a decade since the apple harvest was as bountiful as this year, according to Colorado growers, so there’s no better time to visit an orchard and pick up apples for pies. and seasonal jams. Our best places for apple picking are Adam’s Apple (42135 Weld County Road 43, Ault) and Ya Ya (6914 Ute Highway, Longmont). Visit adamsapplecolorado.com and yayafarmandorchard.com for booking information.
Fall is an amazing time to hike Colorado as the summer crowds dissipate and cooler weather arrives. Since some of the state’s peaks over 14,000 feet are already covered in snow, we recommend tackling a thirteen to close out the season. Here are three near Denver that are worth exploring.
Fill up on pueblo peppers
Forget Hatch: Late September through October is the best time of year to find iconic Pueblo peppers. These locally grown peppers are meatier and spicier than their southern rivals, making them a favorite with local chefs for hot sauces, salsas, and other dressings. Buy them and try them out at the Pueblo Chile and Frijoles Festival September 24-26, or find them at Whole Foods stores, farmer’s markets, and roadside stalls afterward.
From corn mazes and pumpkin patch fields to Oktoberfest and Halloween celebrations, Colorado’s calendar is full of fall-themed festivals for residents who love to have fun all of them. ages. A few of our favorites include the Fall Festival at Anderson Farms in Erie (Sep 22-Oct 31; andersonfarms.com), Estes Park Elk Fest (Oct 2-3; visitestespark.com) and Paranormal Palace (Oct 30) . -31; denverhalloween.org).
Drink an award-winning local beer
Fall is the MÃ¤rzen season, but there are many other styles that go well with the change of seasons. Colorado Breweries put on a commendable display at this year’s Great American Beer Festival, which honors beers that are always worth shopping for. Our Mutual Friend Brewing Co. of Denver was the biggest winner this year, taking gold for its Australian lager Inner Light and silver for Biere Oval, a mixed-culture beer. Check out the full list of GABF award winners here.
Glamp in the great outdoors
It might be too cold for some to go camping this time of year, but those seeking the great outdoors need not worry at these glamping spots across Colorado. While places like Lake George’s Puma Hills offer Australian sheepskin furs to keep visitors warm, others like the Royal Gorge Cabins near CaÃ±on City offer accommodations with radiant heat concrete floors.
Countdown of days to ski season
Front Range Arapahoe Basin, Loveland and Keystone ski areas are gearing up to open in October, which means it’s officially time to start warming up those ski legs. We recommend targeting your mountain muscles with these quintessential exercises or signing up for the SnowShape workout and conditioning series at Red Rock Amphitheater, which runs Saturday through October 9.
To get vaccinated
With the odds of meeting someone with COVID-19 higher than they’ve been all year round, experts advise getting vaccinated against the virus before winter, when diseases spread more easily. And while you’re at it, get your flu shot too. Colorado recently opened four new mass clinics where residents can get the COVID-19 vaccine for free. It’s a good idea not only to help curb the spread of the deadly virus, but also because companies are now forcing it to participate in fun activities like concerts and indoor ski resort equipment.
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