Things to Do
Fall Activities & Events
Here are just a few of the ways you can enjoy our favorite season in the Rocky Mountains - Fall!
Fall is one of the best times to ascend Pikes Peak, as the mountainside turns gold (from all the aspen trees) and wildlife such as deer, elk, marmots and Rocky Mountain Big Horn Sheep are more active. In addition to fall foliage, the train passes through old-growth forests and "Hell Gate," a natural mountain gateway on its path up the mountain.
Experience the beautiful fall foliage of the Rocky Mountains via bike on a self-paced and self-guided tour that includes lunch. Take part in a bicycle exploration tour that follows a historic 1800's era mountain locomotive railway! This spectacular downhill route traverses a vast canyon wall, passing through several exciting railroad tunnels and offering unforgettable vistas around every bend. A well-established path meanders through wild and primitive terrain throughout the ride. You are provided with all necessary equipment (including bikes and helmets), mountain transport and an easy-to-follow route map to return you safely back to civilization. This trip is 99% downhill and is great for families and couples who just want to get away from it all. Stop where you want, when you want, and take as long as you want to enjoy your boxed lunch and view the spectacular golden aspen trees.
September 2nd - 4th: Start your morning off with a hot air balloon mass ascension of over 70 balloons accompanied by breakfast and drinks from local vendors. Activities will continue throughout the day with skydiving demonstrations, wakeboarding exhibitions, paddle boarding, live entertainment, chainsaw carving and donut eating competitions. Wrap up your visit at Memorial Park over the Labor Day weekend with a hot air balloon glow at dusk.
And when Labor Day has come and gone, you can still experience the highest altitude hot air ballooning in the country, via one of our local outfitters. Experience 360 degree views of the majestic mountains and a sweeping patchwork quilt of fall foliage color from the basket of a hot air balloon!
Old Stage Road & Gold Camp Road to Cripple Creek: Offering a rich history and an abundance of aspen trees, these two dirt roads follow an old railroad route and stagecoach toll road. Take the 30-mile road as far as you'd like, or use a map to find Colorado Highway 67 and make a loop through Woodland Park, returning to Colorado Springs via U.S. 24. Four-wheel drive is not necessary... but a camera is!
Saturday, September 23rd: The fifth annual Bikes & Brews gives cycling enthusiasts the opportunity to pick their poison with three separate routes and difficulties to choose from. Bikes & Brews takes riders along Cañon City’s most iconic landmarks, the Royal Gorge Bridge and Skyline Drive on the Royal Gorge Century 100-mile route or the Metric Mash 100k. Circle back after the ride for an after party where Odell Brewing Co. will pour their wares under 100-year-old cottonwoods on the front lawn of the public library. Registrants receive a commemorative t-shirt, aid stations, complimentary re-entry to the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park later that day, lunch and a brew.
Come See the Original Creatures of the Night... at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. It’ll be all treats and no tricks for your little pirates and princesses at this year’s Boo at the Zoo, the region’s most unique Halloween event. Boo at the Zoo is a fun way for families with young children to trick-or-treat and enjoy Halloween festivities in a safe environment.
ACTIVITIES include: Haunted fun house and ghoulish graveyard, trick-or-treat at spooky treat stations, Boo carousel, Pirates Cove, Lighted Pumpkin Patch, select animal exhibits are open including: giraffes, Monkey Pavilion, The Loft and Encounter Africa, and select animal encounters with shows each evening by education interpreters.
Saturday, October 28th: A spooky day of fun! The legend of Emma Crawford lives on in the wacky Emma Crawford Coffin Race up Manitou Avenue. Costumed impersonators of Emma ride on coffin-like contraptions pulled by teams of four “mourners.” A Parade of Coffins and awards for the best Emma and Most Creative Coffin complete the day-long event. Stay in town for the Emma Crawford Estate Sidewalk Sale hosted by participating local businesses in Downtown Historic Manitou Springs, or enjoy the beer garden and live music in Soda Springs Park following the races. The night before, a Victorian Wake in Emma's honor is held at Miramont Castle in Manitou Springs.