Colorado Springs - Five of my Fall Favorites

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Star View Real Estate CO: II100035296

It is hard to believe that tomorrow is October 1st and we are in the midst of fall.   Colorado is beautiful in the fall.  I don't watch television but I love spending time outdoors.  The following is a list of five of my favorite suggestions of things to do outside in the fall.  


1.  Enjoy the fall colors.  The fall is especially beautiful when the aspens turn a golden yellow.   Living in Colorado Springs, my personal favorite drive is to take the Gold Camp Road , which to the west of the Broadmoor hotel in  Colorado Springs.  This route meanders through Pikes Peak Forest and ends up in the quaint mining town of Victor. It is a slow, scenic dirt road so I normally head back to Colorado Springs by going through Cripple Creek, Divide and Woodland Park.         


Golden Yellow Aspen Leaves


Unfortunately, the golden colors don't last the entire fall.  However, there are plenty of other things to do.  


2.  Hike either the Incline or the adjoining Barr Trail.   Both are accessed from Manitou Springs.  The Incline provides amazing views and a challenging workout year round.   (Unfortunately, it is presently   closed again for maintenance and violators that are caught will be fined a $100 according to news reports that I've heard.   However, the Barr Trail is still open.    Generally, I've always hiked up the Incline and came down the Barr Trail.  However, the last time the Incline was closed for repairs, I discovered that going up the Barr Trail makes for a very scenic hike.  I never fully appreciated the Barr Trail when I was tired after having gone up the Incline.    




Garden of the Gods

3.  Visit the Garden of the Gods.  The Garden of the Gods is beautiful year round.  



The Garden of the Gods can be admired from a distance, from a car, on a sidewalk or on one of many hiking trails.  Rock climbers do need to pick up a permit from the vistors center before they climb.   


My early morning jogs through the Garden of the Gods is what most makes me feel extremely blessed to be living in the Colorado Springs area.   The Garden of the Gods, Manitou Springs and the Incline/Barr Trail are all about 15 minutes from downtown Colorado Springs.  

Climber at Garden of the Gods



4.  Water, boating and fishing enthusiasts can enjoy Lake Pueblo, which is maybe 30 minutes south of Colorado Springs.  In the fall, there are not nearly as many people as there are in the summer so it is more peaceful.   


Sunrise at Lake Pueblo


5.  The Paint Mines are a lesser known treasure about 30-45 minutes north east of Colorado Springs.  There are numerous hiking paths down in the Paint Mines and in the surrounding area.  It is completelly different than Garden of the Gods.  If you are looking for a quieter place for a walk or a jog, this is the place to go to.  There will not be as many tourist as their would be at Garden of the Gods -  especially during the week.    


Paint Mines in Calhan


6.  Go to an Air Force Academy Football game.    

Even though I'm a Texas Aggie, I think the Air Force Academy games are an enjoyable.    It is super easy to find a great parking that is walking distance to the stadium.   


Air Force Academy Football

With the mountains as it's backdrop, the Air Force Academy campus is consistently ranked as one of the most beautiful University campuses in the US.   

Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog.  If you would like further information on things to do outdoors in the Colorado Springs area, let me know.



Sondra Meyer  


Colorado - See It.  Experience It.  Live It.   



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Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Those fall colors make want to paint all over the whole town like a Bugs Bunny cartoon.

Sep 30, 2016 05:00 PM #1
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

I love the theme of the beautiful Colorado nature as your picks there Sondra and the bonus one visiting the USAF Academy and even the football game. Besides nature it is the OUTDOOR emphasis I really like that you are inviting visitors as well as the locals to enjoy and it sure makes not watching TV easy to do. You are such a wonderful ambassador and guide to people for your region.

Sep 30, 2016 10:58 PM #2
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Morning Sondra-I would love to visit the paint mines. Lake Pueblo has a beautiful sky in that picture.  Now the time we spent at the Garden of the Gods was great. Not a football fan but I think I am in the minority there.  Enjoy your weekend.

Sep 30, 2016 11:39 PM #3
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Thanks for the lovely tour through Colorado Springs...We both love the great outdoors and you have given us so many great venues to visit.  I would love to go the Garden of the Gods, The Paint Mines, Lake Pueblo.   One of these days when we are visiting family in Denver, we will have to make time to visit you and all the beautiful places you shared with us.  Thank you for your entry.  A

Oct 01, 2016 12:05 AM #4
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Realty ONE Group - Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas Henderson Homes for Sale

Hello Sondra

Some great photos and a great Localism post!

Oct 01, 2016 11:45 AM #5
Dale Poll
Dale Poll Photography - Colorado Springs, CO

That's a great list you put together and the photography is awesome!

Oct 02, 2016 01:13 AM #6
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Sondra, you ahve been *FEATURED* in today's Tuesday Travelogue! 

                                              Travellers in the Rain!


Nov 29, 2016 05:17 PM #7
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Sondra, had to feature you again! 

you have been *FEATURED* in today's Tuesday Travelogue

Travellers in the Rain!



Jun 13, 2017 07:15 AM #8
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