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Watch Nature Fall into Autumn

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During the next few months, as warm summer breezes turn to cool autumn mists, you’ll get to watch Colorado turn crimson and gold. But where to go to see the changing leaves and feel them crunch underfoot? Lucky for you, Colorado Springs is a leaf-peeper’s paradise with endless options to explore. To start, we recommend Palmer Park off of Maizeland Road. Academy Boulevard has a few stroll-worthy, bike-friendly paths, too, that are just covered with beautiful trees and open fields. There’s a dog park for Fido and a picnic area for the family as well. Don’t want to leave the car? Drive west on Section 16 (Gold Camp Road) for an eye-popping weave through some of our most accessible, yet stunning scenic landscapes.

North Cheyenne Cañon Park is only a few miles from Cheyenne Mountain Resort, and it’s another of Colorado Springs’ beloved, historic parks. Even if you don’t have much time, you can take the Mt. Cutler Trail. It’s a moderately strenuous, two-mile round trip hike that peaks on a foothill overlooking a breathtaking waterfall and sweeping canyon panorama. The park offers dozens of other hiking, biking, and horse-riding trails, as well. Trails and facilities are well-marked and easy to follow.

No visit to Colorado Springs would be complete without a visit to the Garden of the Gods just west and north of our downtown. Though a visit to this natural spectacle would be wonderful any time of year, autumn is particularly stunning. Even for returning visitors, this geological wonder’s giant red rock formations boggle the mind and dazzle the senses. The park and visitor’s center are open daily and free to the public. Take a self-guided tour around the park and simply stare in awe at nature’s glorious creations. Believe us when we say, it never gets old. And if you’re in the mood for a fitness challenge, consider climbing to the top of one of the giant red crags! You wouldn’t be alone; adrenaline junkies and athletes do it all the time by enlisting expert guidance from Front Range Climbing. You can sign up for a climbing tour at the Garden of the Gods visitor’s center. Of course, we won’t blame you for wanting to keep your feet on the ground; pack a lunch to eat at one of the park’s picnic areas instead or visit the park’s daytime café.

Fall is one of our favorite seasons in the Pikes Peak region and we want to share the love. There’s more to see and do than we’ve listed here, and we’ll be happy to create an itinerary with you that suits your interests and abilities when you get here. So don’t delay in booking your stay! For more information about these and other Colorado Springs activities, simply contact our friendly concierge. We’ll be happy to help you host you and hear all about your adventures.