Kick off the fall season with fun September activities in Colorado.
1. See the fall colors.
Snow-capped mountain peaks are the backdrop for the state’s breathtaking golden aspens. Higher elevations begin to change in late August and the show lasts into early October. Favorite spots for viewing include Kebler Pass, Kenosha Pass, San Juan Skyway, Boreas Pass and Golden Gate Canyon State Park.
3. Sample chiles and weigh-in on the hot debate.
Settle the long-standing debate between pueblo and hatch green chiles. September is host to the annual the Chile & Frijoles Fest in Pueblo, where you’ll sample mild, medium and hot varieties.
4. Listen to elk bugling.
The town of Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park play host to herds of Colorado elk. September is mating season and the male elk vie for female attention. Males shed their velvet to sharpen their antlers for battle and their bugling calls can be heard for miles.
5. Visit a pumpkin patch.
Colorado farms are open to the public for some old-fashioned harvest fun. Bring the family for pumpkin picking, corn mazes and farmer’s markets. Cottonwood Farm in Boulder, Anderson Farms in Erie, Miller Farms in Platteville, and Long Neck Pumpkin Farm in Colorado Springs.