The Best Leaf Peeping in Colorado

Autumn is a great time of year to take a trip, go camping, and see the beautiful fall colors in Colorado. KOA’s monthly research report for September indicated that 25 million households intend to take a camping trip this fall. Toby O’Rourke, president and CEO of KOA said, “Over the last few years, we have seen a marked increase in the number of fall campers. Between the scenery and the weather, it is a wonderful time to get out and explore.”


Now that summer is over, you can enjoy cooler temperatures, smaller crowds, and of course the amazing fall colors in Colorado. October through early November is your window of opportunity and Colorado is one of the top 3 states to take in these vibrant views. Here is your guide to some of the best leaf peeping in Colorado.

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Take a Drive to Cripple Creek

Not only is Cripple Creek a great place to view fall colors in Colorado, it’s also an adorable small town with an abundance of charm. On your way to town, you’ll be able to peep a tremendous number of aspen trees in all their golden glory. Once in Cripple Creek, you can take advantage of a ghost tour, visit the Mollie Kathleen gold mine, and you may even spot a few wild donkeys.

Head Up to Pikes Peak

Clocking in at 14,115 feet above sea level, Pikes Peak is a famous favorite for the best leaf peeping in Colorado. The drastic change in elevation from the bottom to the top allows you to uniquely see the leaves changing in a variety of settings. If you’d prefer to ogle the leaves as they go by, Grey Line Shuttle tours will gladly take the wheel, so you don’t have to rubberneck the whole way. The Cog Railway is another fun option to get you to the best fall colors in Colorado. At the top of the mountain, you can enjoy hot, fresh donuts at the Summit House while you soak up the incredible views.

Fall Colors in Colorado Springs

Some of the best leaf peeping in Colorado can be found right here in Colorado Springs. Fortunately, the city is packed with hiking and biking trails that weave through an abundance of color-changing trees. Palmer Park, Gold Camp Road, Red Rock Canyon Open Space, and Fountain Creek Park are just a handful of the many places to find fall colors in Colorado Springs. So plan your trip to beautiful Colorado Springs, and book your stay with us at Colorado Springs KOA, where nature meets modern comfort.