SOURCE: Colorado Tourism Office

Colorado Tourism Office

September 16, 2014 12:00 ET

Fall Welcomes Frights, Foliage, Food and Fun in Colorado

DENVER, CO--(Marketwired - Sep 16, 2014) - Experience Colorado during one of the state's best kept secrets, autumn. With a variety of fun festivals, harvest celebrations and spooktacular events, Colorado offers something for every visitor. Below are a few ideas to inspire a fall vacation in Colorado. For more information, visit

For the Adventurer:

Hike to Crater Lake (Aspen). The Maroon Bells in Aspen are known as the most photographed peaks in Colorado and are some of the most famous mountain peaks in the United States. A local favorite is the 3.6 mile (roundtrip) hike to Crater Lake, especially during the fall.

Bike the Mineral Belt Trail (Leadville). Take a ride on the 11.6-mile Mineral Belt Trail that loops around the city of Leadville. Wildflower meadows, conifer forests and aspen groves lit up in fall colors make for a beautiful ride.

For the Family:

Explore a Corn Maze at the Frederika Fall Festival (Avondale). From September 12 through October 31, the Frederika Fall Festival welcomes visitors to their 10-acre "Colorado" corn maze with 3.5 miles of trails.

Pick a Pumpkin at Tigges Farm (Greeley). This fall, head to Tigges Farm, a family run farm since 1935, and choose the perfect pumpkin to carve. From August through October the farm will also showcase some of the original equipment at the Tigges Farm Equipment Museum.

For the Foodie:

Savor the Season at Lyons Farmette (Lyons). At the eastern edge of the town of Lyons, the Lyons Farmette offers many fresh farm-to-table dinners throughout the season. The farm also offers a variety of classes and workshops.

Dine at Smith Fork Ranch's Harvest Dinner (Crawford). Smith Fork Ranch is celebrating the fall season with a delicious three-course, farm-to-table dinner on September 20th. A local wine tasting and pairing, live music and dancing will also accompany this tasty meal.

For the Ghost Hunter:

Get Scared on Banjo Billy's Ghost Tour (Boulder, Denver). Banjo Billy's Bus Tours offer ghost tours in Denver and Boulder beginning in October, with historians and legend-keepers who will be sharing the haunting stories of the ghosts in the shadows.

Find frights in the Haunted Mines (Colorado Springs). From September 19 through November 1, come to the one-of-a kind outdoor/indoor haunted house attraction. Visitors will crawl for their lives to escape out of a vent shaft, wondering if they'll ever get out!

For the Leaf Peeper:

Ride the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad (Antonito). Nothing beats seeing fall colors like viewing them from the windows of a historic train. The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad is the highest and longest authentic steam-powered, narrow-gauge railroad in the United States.

Drive Kebler Pass (Crested Butte). One of the most famous drives for leaf peeping is the drive on Kebler Pass to Marble and the Crystal River Valley as the drive is home the largest aspen grove in the United States.

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