10 Unique Things to do in Colorado Springs This Fall

If you’re considering a trip to Colorado Springs this autumn, you’re in for a treat as there are numerous activities and attractions to enjoy during this stunning season, from the therapeutic springs to fall festivals.

Enjoy the cool weather by taking a hike in the stunning Garden of the Gods.

1. Take a Hot Air Balloon Ride

The fall colors in Colorado Springs are mesmerizing from any direction, but why not get an aerial view?

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Discover the landmarks of the region, including the iconic red rock formations at the Garden of the Gods and Pikes Peak in all their colorful splendor.

2. Apple Picking

This quintessential autumn experience captures the essence of the season.

Apple picking is a classic fall experience.

Nestled in the picturesque countryside just outside of Colorado Springs, this charming orchard offers visitors the opportunity to wander through rows of bountiful apple trees, each laden with a variety of crisp and juicy apples.

The orchard gives you the chance to pick your favorite variety straight from the branches.

Whether you’re seeking the perfect apples for pies, cider, or simply savoring fresh off the tree, Third Street Apples provides a welcoming atmosphere, and they also offer pumpkin picking.

3. Visit a Fall Festival

Colorado Springs offers plenty of Fall Festivals to get in an autumn mood.

As the temperatures start to drop and the leaves begin to change their colors, fall ushers in a new season of fun and adventure in Colorado Springs.


Oktoberfest – This family friendly event at the Red Leg Brewing Company also offers an adult only area. There are plenty of beer themed events, live music and a costume contest, so get ready for a fun day experiencing this classic German event in Colorado Springs.

McAllister House Museum’s Harvest Festival – Immerse yourself in the vibrant golden tones of the season and explore the historic 150-year-old McAllister House. Check out offerings from local vendors scattered throughout the grounds, and bring your family.


Miner’s Pumpkin Patch at Western Museum of Mining and Industry – Experience hayrides, vintage apple cider press, a hay maze & slide, gold panning, an old blacksmith Shop and authentic history demonstrations. Get locally sourced pumpkins and gourds and launch them in a catapult.

Harvest Festival at Rock Ledge Ranch – Experience the old time charm of an autumn festival with old time music, wagon rides and pumpkin picking.

4. Explore the Garden of the Gods

Enjoy the cool weather by taking a hike in the stunning Garden of the Gods. 

Garden of the Gods during autumn.

This park is a geological wonder at any time of the year but the colors of the red rocks against the changing leaves is simply stunning.

With these gorgeous views, it’s the perfect spot for an afternoon hike.

The trails around the park are perfect for kids or any level of hiker, most paths are flat and offer opportunities to climb on the formations.

5. Experience a Stargazing Tour

As autumn graces the Colorado mountains with cooler temperatures (be sure to dress warmly!), our perspective of the universe undergoes a fascinating transformation as well.

The crisp fall air makes a perfect environment for star gazing.

Each season unveils a unique tapestry of stars and constellations, and autumn is the perfect time to stargaze before it gets too cold.

Head to Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, where the Colorado Springs Astronomical Society members offer the opportunity to observe these celestial wonders through powerful telescopes.

6. Take a Train Ride Up Pike's Peak

Taking the Pike Peaks Cog Railway is an adventure that transports you to the summit of Pikes Peak, the highest summit on Colorado’s Front Range.

Get your tickets in advance to secure your seat on one of the many regular daily departures.

This historic railway journey offers panoramic views of the Colorado landscape as it climbs to an elevation of 14,115 feet. Along the way, you’ll witness the transformation of ecosystems and landscapes, from forests to alpine tundra and plenty of fall colors.

The Pike Peaks Cog Railway is the best way to experience this iconic peak without the need for strenuous hiking.

You can get tickets on the official Cog Railway website.

7. Visit Mueller State Park

Mueller State Park is less than an hours drive from Colorado Springs and has excellent trails to see fall colors.

Views of the park during fall.

Mueller is home to wildlife such as elk, black bear, hawks, and mule deer.

The park encompasses more than 5,000 acres of pristine landscapes, including spring-fed meadows, forested ridges, and Pikes Peak Granite formations.

There are numerous picturesque ponds scattered throughout the park. 

Visit the park’s Official Website for more information and details on hiking trails.

8. Attend the Emma Crawford Coffin Race

The Emma Crawford Coffin Race, a quirky and spirited event held annually in Manitou Springs, Colorado, has its roots in a unique local legend.

Aerial view from the mountains.

The story revolves around Emma Crawford, a young woman who passed away in the late 1800s and was initially buried atop Red Mountain.

However, as the years passed, her coffin started to emerge due to erosion, eventually sliding down the mountainside. Inspired by this curious tale, the Emma Crawford Coffin Race was born, where participants dress in elaborate costumes and race coffins down Manitou Avenue, paying homage to Emma’s story while celebrating the town’s colorful history and sense of community.

9. Have a Spa Day at The Broadmoor

A fall getaway to The Broadmoor Spa in Colorado Springs promises a rejuvenating escape. 

Views of the grounds at the Broadmoor.

Nestled within this luxurious retreat, you’ll find a haven of relaxation and indulgence, where crisp mountain air and the colorful foliage create a picturesque backdrop for your wellness journey.

Explore a range of rejuvenating treatments, from soothing massages to revitalizing facials, all while surrounded by the natural beauty of the season. After your spa experience, take a leisurely stroll through the resort’s manicured gardens and savor gourmet dining at their exquisite restaurants. The Broadmoor Spa offers an idyllic fall retreat that combines pampering and natural beauty.

10. Visit the Springs

When visitors to the area ask where the springs are, the answer is Manitou Springs.

Shoshone Spring- One of 8 springs though to have therapeutic benefits.

Eight naturally carbonated mineral springs make up this area of Manitou, and each spring has its own unique taste.

Centuries ago, the Mountain Utes revered these mineral springs, attributing them to the healing and spiritual blessings bestowed by the Great Spirit Manitou. This deep-rooted belief in the medicinal waters as a divine gift underscores the profound historical and cultural significance of Manitou Springs’ mineral springs, making them a cherished attraction for modern-day visitors seeking rejuvenation and a connection to this rich heritage.

Learn more about the springs on their official website.

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