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Late Fall Adventures in and around Denver, Colorado

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Even after the leaves have fallen, and the crisp bite of winter nips the air, there is no reason to hibernate. The late fall, after summer’s peak and before ski season, still offers opportunities for exploration, especially in Denver and its surrounding areas, which visitors and locals can continue to explore into the cooler months. 

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Ziplining through the Fall Air  

Late fall is the perfect time to experience ziplining, with one of Colorado’s best zipline courses just a short drive from Denver in Idaho Springs, Colorado. As you soar above the rugged landscape on AVA’s Cliffside Zipline course, you’ll be treated to breathtaking views of the changing seasons and the historic town of Idaho Springs. Read more about what to do in Idaho Springs before or after your zipline adventure! 

woman ziplining over a river with orange, yellow and green fall foliage everywhere

The golden leaves create a beautiful tapestry of color beneath you, while the invigorating mountain air adds to the thrill. With fewer visitors than in the summer months, you won’t experience crowds on our course or in town. The mild weather also ensures a comfortable adventure, making late fall one of the best times to enjoy this high-flying experience.  

Hikes in the Foothills  

If you prefer to explore the mountains’ beauty from the ground, late fall offers fantastic opportunities for hiking in the foothills surrounding Denver, and fall is the perfect time to explore the trails without the scorching sun overhead. Consider a hike in Golden, Colorado or around the famous Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre, which provides panoramic views of the Front Range. As the day cools, the vibrant fall foliage adds to the beauty of the red sandstone formations, creating a beautiful backdrop for your outdoor adventure. 

red rocks park and ampitheatre

Museums and Galleries 

For those colder days, late fall is a great time to explore Denver’s thriving cultural scene. The Denver Art Museum showcases an extensive collection of Native American art, contemporary pieces, and Western works. You can also visit the Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art, which features an impressive display of decorative arts from the 19th and 20th centuries. 

woman looking at exhibit in art museum

Don’t forget the museums that pay tribute to Denver’s history, such as the Molly Brown House Museum, which offers a glimpse into the life of the “Unsinkable” Molly Brown, a survivor of the Titanic. 

As we approach the holidays, Denver’s arts scene also comes alive with opportunities to enjoy the best of the season. Consider catching a holiday performance at the Denver Performing Arts Complex or exploring the Christkindl Market near the capital building, a charming event celebrating German culture and holiday traditions. 

christmas market

Denver Botanic Gardens: Blossoms of Light 

One of Denver’s cherished late fall traditions is the annual Blossoms of Light display at the Denver Botanic Gardens. Beginning mid-November, this enchanting event transforms the gardens into a mesmerizing wonderland of twinkling lights, interactive displays, and holiday-themed features. Stroll through the illuminated pathways, enjoy a cup of hot cocoa, and marvel at the dazzling artistry of the lights. It’s a perfect way to embrace the holiday spirit and enjoy the gardens! 

holiday lights garden

Warm Up with Colorado Comfort Food 

When the temperatures drop, there’s nothing quite like savoring hearty, warm cuisine. In Denver, you can enjoy the city’s thriving culinary scene, which includes a variety of restaurants serving seasonal comfort food. Dive into dishes like green chili stew, bison burgers, and Colorado’s famous Palisade peaches. Denver’s breweries also offer seasonal brews that pair perfectly with fall flavors. 

bowl of chili

Late fall in Denver is a true adventurer’s paradise, with ziplining adventures, scenic hikes, museums, cultural events, and delicious cuisine awaiting your exploration. No matter your adventure of choice, the Mile-High City and its surrounding areas have something for everyone. So, bundle up, breathe in the crisp air, and embrace the late fall adventures in and around Denver, Colorado. 


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