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7 Unique Ways To See Colorado’s Fall Foliage

For years now I have been viewing the fall foliage through my car window on a day trip through the Rocky Mountains. This year, I plan on changing it up. Here are a few unique ways to see the leaves change color this fall.


This is a bucket list item of mine. 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).

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Hot springs

As the leaves drop, so does the temperature. There’s no better way to be outside enjoying the vibrant colors than in a steaming hot spring. 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! You will get an up-close look at all of the trees.   

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.


You can still go tubing on Boulder Creek or Clear Creek in Golden, Colorado because the water has been heating up all summer. Grab your innertube and hit the creek while the leaves change in the fall for an unforgettable ride.

Tubing in Colorado

Hot air ballooning

This is by far the most expensive option and also one of my bucket list items. Be sure to bundle up, it’s cold up in the clouds but the view can’t be beat!

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.


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