Fall in COS
From the crisp, mountain air to the glimmering, golden aspen trees and breathtaking views, fall in the Pikes Peak Region is a can't-miss season. Discover all of the ways to explore Colorado Springs in the magic of autumn.
Planning Your Visit
When to catch the fall colors
In the Pikes Peak Region, the leaves usually change anywhere from mid-September to early October. It all depends on the humidity and precipitation levels of the year. Each season, check the local Colorado news stations for the most updated predictions.
Where to go
There are plenty of places to enjoy the technicolor display that takes place each fall. Here are our four favorites:
- Mueller State Park - Spend all day hiking, enjoying the beautiful aspens and watchable wildlife. The best hike to view the aspens is Cheesman Ranch Loop. It’s a moderate 5.4-mile trail that weaves in and out of aspen groves and meadows on the north side of the park. Pack a picnic to enjoy while, or after exploring.
- Cripple Creek - There's gold in them hills! And we aren't just talking at the mines. Strike it rich in more than one way when you leaf peep in this historic mining town. September is your last chance to ride in the open-air cars of the Cripple Creek & Victor Narrow Gauge Railway, a fun and unique way to view the changing leaves and rolling hills.
- Victor - Thousands were struck with gold fever and made their way into Victor in the 1890s. Today, hikers can enjoy a series of trails that lead through glittering aspen groves that overlook the gold mining that made this area famous during the Pikes Peak or Bust Gold Rush. We suggest Vindicator Valley Trail for the most jaw-dropping views.
- Woodland Park / Cascade / Green Mountain Falls- These three quaint mountain towns sit alongside each other and make the perfect home base for leaf peeping with cozy cabins and delicious eateries to fuel your adventure. Explore the changing hues on Pikes Peak - America's Mountain with a leisurely drive, challenging hike or thrilling bike ride.
HOW TO PACK
Autumn can be unpredictable – some days are in the 70s and sunny and other days the brisk air hits. Here are the best tips for packing for a trip from September through November.
1. Bring layers – t-shirts, long sleeve shirts, light jackets, fleece sweatshirts. The more layer options, the better. That way you can get to your preferred comfort level depending on the temp.
2. Don't forget the sunscreen/sunglasses – the sun still typically shines bright in the fall, so just like the summer months, lather up so you don't get burnt!
3. Grab your hat and gloves – it's common for the sun to shine brightly, but when you get out on the trails and there are shaded paths, it can start feeling chilly again. Have a hat and gloves handy to keep yourself warm!
4. Take water everywhere you go – elevation sickness is a real thing! Thwart any ill effects by staying hydrated at all times.
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