Find the best way to experience fall leaves in Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region.
Fall is a magical time in the Pikes Peak region. Crisp, autumn air welcomes vibrantly colored leaves that put on a dazzling display of color that brings people from miles to witness. Every year, visitors and locals alike set out into the wilderness to experience the beauty and serenity that come with the changing aspen leaves. Let us guide you to enjoying fall to the fullest with our tips, tricks and insider scoop to all things autumn.
DRESS THE PART
- Stay comfy and warm no matter the time of day -
Buffalo plaid and light, comfy sweaters are all the rage for classic fall fashion. Plan for all kinds of Colorado weather by wearing lots of layers. With more than 300 days of sunshine, the temperature can get nice and toasty during the day, while cooling off as the sun continues to set.
BREATHE IT ALL IN - LITERALLY & FIGURATIVELY
- Tips for beating the altitude and enjoying the colors at 6,035+ Feet -
Stay hydrated. The air is drier, and your body will dehydrate much more quickly. The higher up you go the more water you should drink.
Always travel with friends or family. If someone begins to experience severe coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath or chest pain, get him or her to a lower altitude as quickly as possible.
Stand up straight and remember to deeply inhale and exhale to expel all of the CO2 from your lungs to make more space for that good ol’ oxygen.
GOLDEN HOUR AMONGST THE ASPENS
- Tips to getting the perfect shot -
Make fall color the secondary subject – It’s tempting to just shoot the oranges and yellows of the glittering aspens, but photos with red-rock trails, rushing creeks, fuzzy friends and loved ones add complexity and depth to your photos.
Be patient and wait for interesting or dramatic light - With the right light, fall colors are even more stunning. As the days get shorter, sunset comes earlier and earlier. Plan for that golden hour magic and capture your subject’s grinning face, alight with alpenglow. Plus, a few extra hours give you an excuse to make it an entire weekend to take in starry nights outside of your own, cozy cabin.
Tell the story – Think about your photos as a collection, rather than a single photo. This will help you notice the details and come out with a number of photos that tell a story, rather than simply random pics.
Although we can't predict the weather, we can take an educated guess based on moisture and temperature. Check back frequently to get the most accurate predictor of when leaves will be at their peak color in the Pikes Peak region. For more information and details on leaf changing trends, click here.
AUTUMN YOUR WAY - CHOOSE YOUR OWN FALL ADVENTURE
Fireside chats, cozy cabins and gorgeous views are just what you need to unplug and recharge this fall. Whether you prefer leisurely strolls with the tykes or heart-pumping treks summiting stunning vistas – there are plenty of ways to admire the golden hills and glittering aspens in the Pikes Peak region.
CHOOSE YOUR AUTUMN ADVENTURE BELOW:
BEST WAYS TO ENJOY SCENIC DRIVES
Whether you prefer to cruise by car, off-road vehicle, Segway or Slingshot- there are many ways to enjoy scenic aspen drives in the Rocky Mountains.
Pikes Peak Highway - Take the trip up Pikes Peak Highway for cool mountain air and breathtaking golden hues. The drive is enjoyable and the colors make it truly phenomenal. Just wait until you get a chance to stand at the summit of Pikes Peak – America's Mountain and overlook the city.
Highway 67 Through Cripple Creek - Seventy-one miles of winding roads travel through various sections of southern Colorado to the historic mining town of Cripple Creek. Once there, a visit is warranted to the Cripple Creek Heritage Center where the window views are spectacular. Continue to the Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine surrounded by shades of orange and yellow. Head further down Highway 67 after leaving Cripple Creek and experience part of the Gold Belt Scenic Byway.
Rampart Range - Grab a photo looking through the aspen-lined road of Rampart Range to Pikes Peak. This is an inspiring photo anytime, but at its height during the fall months of late September and early October, it’s unrivaled. Pull up and park at the nearby Stanley and Rampart reservoirs for a water-reflected image.
Segway Tours – See the changing leaves on two wheels. Adventures Out West offers guided Segway tours through Garden of the Gods Park where you can see the towering red rock formations amongst the gold and orange hues. Cheyenne Cañon Segways will take you into the densely-wooded North Cheyenne Cañon where you’ll be immersed in the changing aspen groves.
Jeep Tour – You can only see so much from a paved road. Take your scenic drive on an off-road adventure with a Jeep tour from one of the many outfitters in the region.
On a Slingshot - Cruise scenic highways in an open-air Polaris Slingshot® roadster. Feel the excitement of a motorcycle ride with the safety and comfort of a car as you navigate the winding pass of Woodland Park. See the changing leaves beyond a windshield and turn plenty of heads along the way.