Fall Activities in the Pikes Peak region

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Fall in the Pikes Peak region

Fall is arguably the best time of year to enjoy the Pikes Peak region; it’s when we really earn the title “Colorful Colorado.” The days tend to hover perfectly in the 70’s, with bright-blue skies. Whereas nights cool down to a crisp 50, making time spent around a good fire pit not only appropriate, but customary. Here are some insider tips to getting the most out of fall in the Pikes Peak region.

Start the day off right

Whether you’re the sort that just needs a strong cup of Joe, or the kind of breakfast spread that would make your grandma proud, Old Colorado City has just what you need. From eggs, pancakes and things smothered in green chili, to Americanos, lattes and pour-overs, you’ll find the perfect restaurant or coffee shop and they’re ALL locally owned. Start explorin’!

Old Colorado City's Farmers Market

It doesn't get more local than this!

Now in it’s 20th year and winner of many local Best of awards, the Farmer’s Market in Old Colorado City is a great way to spend a Saturday morning from June to October. Spend some time cruising the stalls in Bancroft Park in search of fresh local produce, gourds for your fall decorating, local honey, kettle corn, gourmet pasta, raw chocolate, or barrel-aged maple syrup.

Shopping not your thing? Kick back on a park bench with a cup of coffee and people watch while listening to the wind stir the leaves overhead.

Local’s Tip: Palisade for peaches, Rocky Ford for melons. Trust us. You can thank us later.
Time allowance: 1-2 hours

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Walk the golden streets

Treelined and friendly!

Locally owned galleries, shops and restaurants line the streets of Old Colorado City, which means that not only will you find unusual, locally crafted items,
it’s often the owner behind the counter. Even if you’re going for more of a window shopping experience, you’re bound to be greeted by a few standing in the doorways, catching a few minutes of that beautiful fall sunshine. Whether you’re looking for a local artist’s vision of aspen trees, or the perfect chunky scarf, we guarantee you’ll enjoy the hunt.

Local’s Tip: Be sure to check out the local chocolatier or locally made ice cream for a sweet treat!
Time allowance: 2-3 hours

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Lunch time!

The time for lunch on the patio is quickly fleeting! (We hear winter is coming 😉 ) By now, you’ve passed several great patios, but OCC has a surprise for you. Most of the restaurants you’ve passed have a patio, some are just hidden in the back. So pick your palette and get your grub on under changing fall leaves.

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