Autumn is one of our favorite seasons in Fort Collins: the sun still brings some heat through the cool breeze, the colors of the leaves change, and the whole town celebrates at various seasonal events and parties. Before we know it, there will be snow on the ground – but prior to begrudgingly slipping into winter, there are a great many pumpkin-spiced beers to imbibe, leaf-peeping Poudre Canyon drives, and Halloween candy to be had! For many reasons, we’re simply smitten with autumn and the great many fall activities in Fort Collins.
While the town gets ahead of the game a bit with activities that signify the beginning of fall, such as the Fall Harvest Brewfest in early September and FortOberfest in mid-September, there are still plenty of fall activities to participate in after the autumnal equinox on September 22.
If you’re considering moving to this fun and exciting town, we think this list of fall activities in Fort Collins will help encourage you to relocate here! And before you head out to enjoy our list of fall adventures, be sure to check out the available residential and commercial openings at Confluence!
Fort Collins’ proximity to the Poudre Canyon, Rocky Mountain National Park, and many other nearby attractions puts it in the perfect spot for leaf peeping! As each summer winds down, residents of Fort Collins tend to spend a lot of time in the mountains. Whether they’re holding onto those last few summer days or anticipating the colors of the leaves changing, we’re right there with them! If you’re like us and just can’t stay away from the fall foliage, check out these prime spots for leaf peeping near Fort Collins:
(mid-September to mid-October)
Heading up Highway 14, you’ll be blown away by the red mountains on your way to the mouth of the canyon. Once you get past the perfect lunch spot on the river at Mishawaka Amphitheater, you’ll be so grateful you made the trek into cell-serviceless territory. The views are to die for!
(most of October)
With gorgeous views of the town’s closest and most beloved body of water, Horsetooth Reservoir to the east, accompanied by views of the foothills to the west, Lory State Park is a go-to spot for hikes, picnics, horseback riding, and mountain biking.
(most of October)
Get away from it all in this rustic town surrounded by lakes! Just an hour northwest of Fort Collins, Red Feather Lakes is the perfect spot to go for a fall drive and see the leaves change before your eyes.
(most of October)
With 415 square miles of land 7,000+ ft. in elevation, Rocky Mountain National Park is the place to be in the fall! While its sights are unbeatable, be ready to share the space with tourists and Coloradans alike who will all be there for the same thing – prime leaf peeping!
For more details on foliage predictions and the science behind it all, check out this interactive map on SmokyMountains.com!
Fall just wouldn’t be the same without football! Head over to CSU’s brand-new Canvas Stadium this fall to catch a football game (pun intended!). This is CSU’s second year hosting home football games at Canvas Stadium, and it is a sight to be seen! With a town full of Ram-loving fans, it’s easy to get caught up in the chants, cheers, and hype at a CSU game, even if you’re an out-of-towner. Feeling nostalgic? Snag tickets to some of this year’s CSU Homecoming events October 10th - 14th and reminisce about your own college days!
Love dogs? Have your own that just love dressing up for Halloween (or should we say, that YOU love dressing up for Halloween)? This October 27th, The Farm at Lee Martinez Park will host their annual Bow Wowvania, a trick-or-treating event for costumed dogs! Walk the Halloween route with your pooch to find photo opportunities and special treats along the way. It only costs $5 per pup, but humans are free. Don’t miss this adorable fall trick-or-treating event just west of Old Town!
The family-owned Bartels Farm in northeast Fort Collins is a must-see attraction, even for those without kiddos. Get into the spirit of fall and visit Bartels Farm for a huge selection of pumpkins, gourds, hay rides, punkin chunkin, farm animals, and a corn maze. This is the perfect spot for groups and couples alike, whether you’re looking for fall decorations or pumpkins for carving!
If you’re looking for something a little darker than puppies and pumpkins, Magic Bus Tours has something right up your alley – ghost tours! While the ghost tours are offered year-round, there’s something special about taking part in one of these historic and creepy tours in the fall. Tour options include: a Trail of Terror, Haunted Pub Tour, and Ghost Bus Tour. Take your pick between spooky and bone-chilling terror tours to get into the spirit of All Hallow’s Eve this October!
Fall in Fort Collins is clearly a dream. From the variety of spots to view the breathtaking fall foliage to spooky ghost tours about town, there’s something for everyone in the name of fall activities! If you’re considering moving to Fort Collins, look no further than Confluence. Our lofts and commercial openings are available for purchase or lease, and they’re calling your name! You could become a part of the hustle and bustle of this rapidly growing community – contact us today to find out more about our pricing, loft layouts, and more!