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7 Unique Ways To See Colorado’s Fall Foliage

As a Colorado native, my absolute favorite time of the year is fall! Colorado transforms into a colorful, crisp wonderland this season and each year my husband and I make it a point to get out and see the leaves changing color.

For years now I have been viewing the fall foliage through my car window. This year, I plan on changing it up. Below are a few unique ways to do that.


What a romantic way to see the colors! A few notable railroads in Colorado are the Durango and Silverton Gauge Railroad (7 hours), Georgetown Loop Railroad (1 hour 15 minutes), Cripple Creek and Victor Narrow Gauge Railroad (45 minutes) and Pikes Peak Cog Railway (3 hours 10 minutes).

I went on the Georgetown Loop Railroad last year and loved it. There’s something so fun about being amongst others who are just as excited to see the fall colors and drink some hot cocoa as you are.

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Hot springs

As the leaves drop, so does the temperature. In my opinion, there’s no better way to be outside enjoying the vibrant colors than in a steaming hot spring. Colorado is full of wonderful natural hot springs that bring you up close and personal with the fall foliage. 

My personal favorites are Strawberry Park Hot Springs that I review here and Pagosa Springs that I review here.

Strawberry Park Hot Springs


This is certainly a unique way to see the colors! Rent a an ATV, dirt bike, quad, etc. and take an adventurous ride through the foliage! I imagine you’ll get some spectacular photos of the trees that are impossible to see from the road. 

Segway tour

Hop aboard your own personal segway and see the fall foliage as you learn about the city. Segway tours are available in Aspen, Boulder, Colorado Springs, Denver, Estes Park, Glenwood Springs and Telluride.


Did you know you can still go tubing on Boulder Creek or Clear Creek in Golden, Colorado this time of year? The water has been heating up all summer, so it’s actually warmer now than it was in May or June. Grab your inner-tube and hit the creek, the leaves changing along the path will make for an unforgettable ride.

Hot air ballooning

This is by far the most expensive option, but it’s at the tippy-top of my bucket list! Can you imagine the view from up in the clouds? Breathtaking, I’m sure. Be sure to bundle up; this is a cold way to see the fall colors! 

Horseback riding

Whether you go for a full day or for a couple of hours, horseback riding is an excellent way to see the golden aspen leaves in Idaho Springs. There are also trails in Rocky Mountain National Park, Maroon Bells, Garden of the Gods Park, Estes Park and more.


The best time to see the leaves change color in Colorado is mid-September to mid-October, depending on the temperature. As you move higher into the mountains, the leaves tend to change fairly early, whereas in the city you will likely see those autumn colors in October.


Thanks for reading,




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