Ten Best Fall Activities In And Around The Fort Collins Area

Ten Best Fall Activities In And Around The Fort Collins Area

Summer's over!  For those of us summer devotees, those words elicit immediate dread.  If you, like me, LOVE summer and have a hard time saying goodbye for the year, never fear!  Fall brings cooler temperatures, gorgeous foliage and you're in a prime spot to enjoy the changing of the seasons to the fullest.  Here are ten of the best fall activities to enjoy in the Fort Collins area:

1. Football!

The advent of fall brings back our favorite national past time of football!  Whether you're a diehard fan, or just enjoy the occasional game, Fort Collins is a great place to enjoy football season to the fullest.  Home of the CSU Rams and Hughes Stadium,  Fort Collins is in the process of building a $220 million dollar, on campus stadium, that will have a 41,000 person capacity and be completed for the start of the 2017 football season.  Take advantage of the games at Hughes stadium before it's gone!  Here is their 2015 schedule:


As if that wasn't enough for area fans, we also have the two time Superbowl Champion and 2014 AFC Champion Denver Broncos a short drive away at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver.  A quick hour commute puts you in place to watch them dominate this year as Peyton Manning returns for his fourth season as a Denver Bronco.  Here is their 2015 schedule:


2. Beer and Bike Tours

Beer Tours!  Fort Collins has some of the best breweries in the country and fall is a great time to enjoy the rich beer culture in our area.  From O'Dell's, to New Belgium to Anhueser-Busch to great events like Tour De Fat, if you're looking for beer, you've come to the right place.  Check out our Fort Collins Brewery Guide:


Want to combine beer and bikes?  Check out beer and bike tours with many options for exploring the Front Range beer diversity:


And, of course, who could neglect to include that pinnacle beer event in Fort Collins of Tour De Fat?  Born in Fort Collins, Tour De Fat now tours 12 cities nationwide and has raised over 3 million dollars towards local non-profit bicycle groups aimed at increasing sustainable transportation activities.  Amazing costumes, good vibes and great beer, check it out this year at:


3. Wine

Not a beer person?  Never fear Fort Collins has great wine culture as well.  From festivals to wineries to restaurants dedicated to celebrating wine in all its complexity, fall is a great time to indulge your passion for wine.  Check out some great downtown options:





Want something unique?  Try Pinot's Palette and create a masterpiece worthy of Picasso while enjoying the upscale atmosphere complete with your favorite wine or beer:


4. Blackhawk Bus Tours

Feeling lucky?  Want to enjoy the beautiful changing autumn colors?  Why not book a party bus to Blackhawk, check out the great mountain scenery on the way up, explore the historical gambling town of Blackhawk, a Colorado mainstay, gamble and play all day and come back in safety and comfort at the end of your amazing day?  The NOCO Party Bus is a great choice for Blackhawk or any other group event you'd like to plan:


5. Early Season Skiing and Snowboarding

What's one of the best parts of living in Colorado?  THE ABSOLUTELY AMAZING SKIING AND SNOWBOARDING!  Arapahoe Basin usually opens the earliest of all the resorts...as early as Mid-October!  We have some of the best skiing in the world located in our backyard, take advantage early and get those season passes before pricing goes up.  Check out:


6. Golf

Who wants to golf in 90 degree temperatures?  Or get up at 6am to avoid them?  Fall is the perfect time to get out and work on your golf game.  Colorado lends itself amazingly to fall golf.  Spring weather can be a little volatile, summer can be too hot...fall is just right to get out and perfect that swing.  We have some awesome courses in Fort Collins and within 30 minutes of Fort Collins, so take advantage before the snow hits and your clubs are stuck in the closet until spring!  Here are some of my favorite courses within driving distance of Fort Collins:

Southridge Golf Course in Fort Collins:


Collindale Golf Course in Fort Collins:


Harmony Club in Timath:


The Olde Course in Loveland:


Marianna Butte in Loveland:


7. Dining

Fall is a great time to explore new cuisines with your loved ones and there is no better place to enjoy amazing meals than in downtown Fort Collins.  Dining in Downtown runs the gambit from super high class steak  houses to great street fare.  Fall is also the perfect time to enjoy patios as the mild fall air adds to the ambience of any meal.  Check out Downtown Fort Collins Dining for a complete guide to everything downtown has to offer:


Some of my personal favorites are The Melting Pot, Luciles, Jay's Bistro, The Crown Pub and the Kitchen.  For a low key experience complete with billiards, check out Coopersmiths and Match-Up's Pool Hall. 








8. Hiking

After all that food, you may want a good way to work it off!  Fall is a great time to take advantage of the many hiking opportunities just outsider our doorstep up and down the Front Range.  It's a great time to observe wildlife, the changing colors and the temperature is more comfortable for those longer excursions.  Here is a link to National Geographic's top rated trails near Fort Collins:


Lory State Park is just minutes outside Fort Collins and has an abundance of trails for the hiking enthusiast as well.  Here is a link to their trail map:


9. Fort Collins Tours, Museums, Music and Art

The weather gets a little chilly and it's time to head inside and underground!  There is a thriving art and music scene in downtown Fort Collins.  Want to learn the history of Fort Collins as you ride in a covered wagon?  Find out which local businesses are haunted?  Check out:


Art and music are good for the soul!  If you need a little beauty in your life check out the Fort Collins Museum of Art and the Fort Collins Center for Fine Art and Photography supporting and launching local artists and photographers:



We have an amazing music scene in Fort Collins, some of the best places to take advantage of local artists are Hodi's Half Note, The Aggie, Mishawaka and Avogadros.  Swing Station in LaPorte is a hidden gem for local honky tonk and roots music.  The Armory presents shows about once a month as a high quality listening room with cabaret seating.  Stay up to date with local music and events at KRFC:






To stay in touch with the local music scene:


10.  Haunted Houses and Corn Mazes

Finally, fall wouldn't be fall without haunted houses and corn mazes!  It's a little bit of a drive from Fort Collins (about 45 minutes) but my all-time favorite corn maze/ haunted corn maze is the Fritzler Maze in LaSalle, CO.  From tons of activities for the kids to Scream Acres for the older kids in your life (Including you hopefully ;), The Fritzler Maze is a must do fall attraction for the Northern Colorado area:


If a corn maze is a little tame for your tastes, check out the best haunted houses in and around Fort Collins to kick up your scare factor:


We would love to hear your feedback on our favorite fall activities!  Have a wonderful fall season from our families to yours!

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