Fort Collins is an incredible area to visit during all times of the year. However, there is something extra special about Fort Collins in the Fall season. The Choice City is absolutely stunning during the fall season, loaded with beautiful colors and great weather. Fort Collins is the perfect place to post up during your search for beautiful fall colors. And when you're not in search of beautiful leaves, we suggest you immerse yourself in all the activities Fort Collins has to offer.
Find Beautiful Fall Colors
Leaf Peeping is a great way to explore Fort Collins, Colorado during one of its most beautiful seasons, fall. The peak season for fall foliage typically runs from the last week in September to the second week of October. According to the Farmer’s Almanac the peak season in Colorado this year will be from Oct. 5-14.
The proximity of Fort Collins to the Cache la Poudre River Canyon and Rocky Mountain National Park makes our city a leaf peeping magnet. Fort Collins is the perfect place to make your hub for leaf peeping adventures.
Take the short drive up the Poudre Canyon, just 15 miles north of Fort Collins, or to Rocky Mountain National Park, approximately 45 miles south of Fort Collins, and prepare to marvel at the orange and yellow spattered mountain sides.
The gold, orange, and red leaves sprawl as far as the eye can see as you wind your way through the beautiful Rocky Mountains. Just remember to be prompt during peak season because you only get two weeks to soak it all in. Don't hesitate, Book your room today!
Top Leaf Peeping Spots around Fort Collins:
- Poudre Canyon
- Lory State Park
- Cameron Pass
- North Park
- Red Feather Lakes
- Roosevelt National Forest
- Rocky Mountain National Park
Fort Collins is the cultural hub of northern Colorado. The city is full of so many great performance theatres, museums and art galleries that it’s hard to choose just one to visit. And, if you’re in the mood for a concert look no further than Washington's, the Mishawaka Amphitheater, Hodi’s Half Note, the Aggie Theater, Avogadro’s Number, the Downtown Artery and many other places. Here is a list of all the great places to take in some culture or see a show.
- Global Village Museum
- Environmental Learning Center
- Center for Fine Art Photography
- Avenir Museum of Design and Merchandising
- Fort Collins Museum of Art
- Gregory Allicar Museum of Art
- Lincoln Center
- Bas Blue Theater
- Fort Collins Symphony
As the leaves begin to fall and the colors start to change, breweries all around Fort Collins take note and mix things up by creating beers that incorporate seasonal flavors.
New Belgium Brewery is always on top of releasing its seasonal craft beers and their special release Voodoo Ranger Atomic Pumpkin will be around for a limited time! If you’re looking for something new from them, step foot in the sour tasting room and give your taste buds a kick.
Another brewery popular for its seasonals is Odell Brewing Co. Odell keeps things interesting as they are constantly brewing new, creative, limited-time beers on their pilot system as well as a number of seasonals. Beers like Mountain Standard, Odell’s double black IPA fall seasonal, Jolly Russian, an imperial stout aged in rum barrels, and Lugene Chocolate Milk Stout, a rich and creamy beer that tastes like its namesake, just to name a few.
Fort Collins is now home to 20-plus breweries and counting, as more are set to open in the coming months. We encourage you to get out and try as many seasonals from these breweries as you can. For a list of all the breweries in town click HERE.
With fall comes Halloween and with Halloween the scare season is officially in session. Fort Collins Tours offers a fantastic ghost tour, late night ghost walk, haunted pub tour, Horse & Buggy Ghost Tour and more. If you’re looking for a scare don’t hesitate to jump on one of these great tours to learn about Fort Collins’ haunted past.
The Magic Bus is unlike any other bus you’ve ever been on. Decorated with artwork referencing Fort Collins’ past, this bus truly is unique. Magic Bus offers the Trail of Terror Tour, Haunted Pub Tour and Ghost Bus Tour. Each tour comes equipped with tales of crime, murder and haunted history to feed your scare needs.
If being scared isn’t your thing contact Beer and Bike Tours, Front Range Ride Guides or Leisurely Pedaling and tour Fort Collins the way it was meant to be, by bicycle. If you want to do more of a self-guided bike tour, feel free to rent a bike from one of the many Bike Share PACE stations around town.
Pick a Pumpkin or Navigate a Corn Maze
Who doesn’t love the excitement of picking out your very own pumpkin to carve for Halloween? Pumpkin picking in Fort Collins provides an incredible opportunity to visit one of the local farms and pick your very own pumpkin from a patch. The Bartel’s Farm offers a huge selection of pumpkins to go along with Corn Mazes and Hay Rides. Lee Martinez Farm is a great place, very close to Old Town, to find the perfect pumpkin, not to mention if provides a chance to see the animals at the petting zoo and barn. And, if you’ve never done a corn maze and you like to be frightened, you must try it. It’s basically real life meets PacMan meets Friday the 13th! Here’s a list of pumpkin patches and corn mazes in and around Fort Collins:
It really is the perfect time to camp since most people will have three days to enjoy the outdoors. There are so many favorite camping spots around Fort Collins, but two favorites are definitely Horsetooth Reservoir and all along the Cache la Poudre River. There are also incredible options around Arapaho & Roosevelt National Forests, Rocky Mountain National Park and Lory State Park among others. Whether you’re looking for public or private campgrounds, family-friendly camping, or RV Parks, there are plenty of places to set up camp close to town or in the mountains.
There are also plenty of spots to fish in Fort Collins such as the Cache la Poudre River, Horsetooth Reservoir, Riverbend Ponds and many more. Most people who give fishing a try tend to develop an affinity for the sport, especially if they catch a fish or two in the process. Fort Collins is full of a bounty of trout and other native fish species scattered throughout all the bodies of water in the area.
- Fort Collins is a city full of artisans and local craftsmen who use the Rocky Mountain backdrop and supportive community for inspiration. When we see their products throughout Colorado we’re proud to say they are ‘Made in Fort Collins.’ Here are some of our favorite local products.
- Shopping in Downtown Fort Collins can be a magical experience. Quaint boutiques, historic architecture, and unique shops line the streets of Old Town Fort Collins creating a window-shopping experience with every amenity you could want.
- The Foothills Mall, a 77-acre shopping center remodeled in 2015, includes household names like Macy’s and Victoria’s Secret, Nordstrom Rack and H & M. The mall and the stores along the College Ave. corridor offer a wide variety of women’s and men’s clothing, fashionable and functional shoe wear, and accessories.
- Front Range Village has the city’s largest collection of large national retailers along with many smaller boutiques in a walkable state-of-the-art lifestyle shopping center. Destination stores like DSW Shoes, World Market, and Lowe’s anchor the 100-plus acre property, while favorite smaller stores fill in the rest of this shopping landscape.
This fall festival is a celebration of what Fort Collins is all about – Beers, Bikes and Bands. FORToberfest showcases the vibrant local music scene, the thriving local brewing industry and the importance our city puts on sustainability. So get out and enjoy the sounds of live local music while sipping on a cold fall seasonal beer in Old Town and take in the fall colors of gold orange and red leaves coating the streets. There will be art and bike vendors, delicious food offerings and live music throughout the day. Attendees will also have the opportunity to customize their own Taster Trays from 12+ Fort Collins breweries.
When: September 17th, 2018
Event Hours: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Location: Old Town Square in Downtown Fort Collins
It’s time to scare up some new costume ideas for your little ones! The annual Tiny Tot Halloween presented by COUNTRY Financial will be held on Tuesday, October 31 at 10 a.m. All children under the age of seven and their parents/guardians are invited to enjoy a safe trick-or-treating experience in Downtown Fort Collins. This event is free to the public.
When: October 31st, 2018
Event Hours: 10:00 am
Location: Old Town Square in Downtown Fort Collins
Prepare yourselves for the cutest parade you will see all year. Tour de Corgi consists of hundreds of costumed Corgis that prance their way through Old Town Fort Collins every year. The event includes a Corgi meet-up with dozens of vendors and a costume contest that takes place at Civic Center Park before culminating with a trot through Historic Old Town.
When: September 29th, 2018
Event Hours: 10:00 am
Location: Civic Center Park
Holiday Lighting Ceremony
Don't miss the Downtown Fort Collins Holiday Lighting Ceremony which takes place Nov 2, 2018! Historic Old Town Fort Collins will shine as thousands of strands of holiday lights ‘flip on’ to illuminate the alleyways, sidewalks and street-tops of our beloved Downtown during this annual event. The dazzling display of low energy and sustainable LED lights stretches through seven blocks to illuminate Old Town’s canopied treetops, unique storefronts and historic alleyways. The lights stay up through Feb 14 and make for quite a nostalgic experience in Historic Old Town Fort Collins.
When: November 2nd, 2018
Event Hours: 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Location: Downtown Fort Collins
Great Lodging Special!
The Armstrong Hotel is offering Fall Rates starting at $119
The Autumn season is (un)officially here and we're ready to welcome it with open arms. Visiting Fort Collins during this time of year is extra special - from bold fall foliage in every shade of color to countless fall festivals. Cooler temperatures signal the arrival of delicious fall beers to and college football, transforming the city into a magical destination. - The Armstrong Hotel