Colorado has recently become one of the most desired vacation spots in the United States, and it’s not hard to figure out why. The state, famously called Colorful Colorado, experiences all four seasons, is home to beautiful mountain ranges, and many more sights to see. Once you’re done experiencing local fall events in Denver, we’ve put together just a few of the best, most luxurious fall getaways in Colorado that you’ve got to check out this season.
Mountain Getaway: Aspen, Colorado
Price Range: $$$
Aspen, Colorado is a must-see, especially during the second half of the year. Whether you’re looking to do some skiing or have a relaxing weekend in the mountains, Aspen is the place. Ski resorts in the area open in November, once the snow has reached ideal powder consistency across the mountains. You can find out more about season passes and places to stay on the Aspen Snowmass website. If skiing isn’t your thing, Aspen is still a great getaway option! Explore the downtown area, hike the famous Maroon Bells trail, or bike Aspen Mountain. Go fishing, embark on a scenic drive to see the changing leaves, or simply kick back at a luxurious rental. As far as in-state getaway destinations go, Aspen has it all and more.
Nature Getaway: Historic Hot Springs
Price Range: $$
If you’ve never been to any of Colorado’s hot springs, now is the perfect time to add it to your travel to-do list! Many of the hot springs have on-site lodging so you can easily walk from your room to the pools. A relaxing, mindful soak in natural, geothermal water is a therapy like no other. Aside from soaking your cares away, surrounding areas offer unique dining experiences, beautiful scenery, and activities like hiking and camping.
Foodie Getaway: Grand Junction Winery
Price Range: $$
Two Rivers Winery & Chateau is a delightful location to get away for as little or as much time as you like. Experience winemaking and tasting, luxury accommodations, and special events, all packed into this quaint lodging establishment. Family-owned and operated, the winery staff are adept at making your stay welcoming and a once-in-a-lifetime experience you won’t forget.
Adventure Getaway: Great Sand Dunes National Park
Price Range: $
The Great Sand Dunes National Park is a wonderful option for a last-minute vacation that feels worlds away. Always open to visitors, no reservations needed, and a variety of ways to see and experience the park at your own pace make it a solid choice for this time of year. Choose to stay nearby at in-town lodging, or camp freely in the park. The fall is the perfect time to visit the dunes. Temperatures are not too hot or cold, and the summer tourist crowds have dispersed, so it’s not particularly busy. Not only are the dunes an amazing sight to see on their own, but there are a lot of activities to do while in the area. Sled or snowboard down the mountains of sand, or try tubing in the Medano Creek.
We hope this list gets you inspired to get out and enjoy playing “tourist” in your own state this season! With so many varied and luxurious fall getaways in Colorado, we don’t see much need to be anywhere else!