Fall Activities in the Pikes Peak region
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.
Pumpkin Spice and Everything nice
The Coffee Corner at the Garden of the Gods Trading Post is an official Starbucks distributor, so get your pumpkin spice on and grab a muffin for good measure.
Fall for Garden of the Gods Trading Post
*Bad pun intended.
Garden of the Gods Trading Post is so much more than a gift shop. It’s quite possibly the mother of all gift shops when it comes to selection. With 25,000 square feet and over 90,000 items, you won’t believe the cool stuff you’re going to find: hoodies, scarves, a great fall hat, fall-scented candles, and so much more. Beyond a vast selection of t-shirts and Colorado coffee cups, lies a spectacular art gallery with local artists and Native American crafts.
What’s more than just a great shop, resonates in the original sections of the building and the historic museum documenting it’s rich local history. It’s difficult to put into words, but sit a spell on the patio of their Balanced Rock Cafe and just breath it in. You’ll come away with a grounded sense of aaaahh if not awe.
Local’s Tip: Be sure to try their fudge, made fresh in house with special fall favorites as well as classic flavors.
Time allowance: 1-4 hours
Take a spin through the Garden
Always colorful, exponentially so now
Be sure to grab a free map of the Garden of the Gods while you’re at the Trading Post. There are many ways to enjoy the Garden of the Gods, but seeing it should definitely be a must during the fall. The Gambel’s Oak, Cottonwood, Mountain Mahogany, Sumac and even many of the grasses will paint the Garden in a vast array of yellows, oranges and reds. Enjoy the colors by foot on a number of hiking trails from easy to moderate, or kick back in the comfort of your car. For the truly daring, book a ride at Academy Riding Stables enjoy by horseback!
Local’s Tip: Call ahead for reservations at Academy Riding Stables: 719-633-5667
Time allowance: 2-3 hours
Stroll the streets of Manitou Springs
Relax and soak it all in
They say your vibe attracts your tribe, and Manitou Springs definitely has a vibe all it’s own. Tucked in at the base of Pikes Peak and surrounded by foothills, Manitou is awash in fall colors this time of year. Shop for fall trinkets, hunt down all 8 mineral springs, roll a few skeeballs or find one of their great patios for a well-earned, locally-crafted beer. Things move a little differently here, so you’re always right on time.
Local’s Tip: Find the best saltwater taffy in town, you’re definitely going to need some field research on this one.
Time allowance: 3-4 hours
From the best darn burger to a four course, five star meal — Manitou Springs has exactly what you’re craving. Stop by the Manitou Chamber of Commerce on your way into town for a personally curated experience.
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