How to Enjoy an Unforgettable Trip to Denver in the Fall

What do changing leaves, crisp mountain air, and a scenic landscape have in common? You can find each of these defining characteristics during fall in Denver. Our mountainside haven is one of the best places to delight in the vibrant oranges, warm reds, and bright yellows of autumn. Here are our suggestions for immersing yourself in this beautiful time of year in the Mile High City!

Whether you visit Denver in the fall, winter, spring, or summer, there are endless activities and attractions to enjoy. Request a copy of our free Vacation Guide now! Our carefully curated guide has information on the best things to do in the area. Discover seasonal events, delightful eateries, and outdoor escapes to help make the most of your time here. Take a moment to get your guide now and simplify your planning process!

Where to See the Vibrant Fall Colors in Denver

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With so many fascinating attractions in the Mile High City, you’re sure to find new favorite places to experience fall in Denver. Read through our local tips and insights to learn about the ideal ways to surround yourself in the fall colors of Colorado!

Red Rocks Amphitheater and Park

Red Rocks Amphitheatre and Park, one of the main attractions in Denver, is especially beautiful in the fall. It’s not only one of the most incredible concert venues in the country, but it’s also a stunning natural area. When there’s not an event scheduled, we suggest hiking the trails around the park. Bring your camera to snap Instagram-worthy photographs with wonderful backdrops and views of the Rocky Mountain foothills.

Denver Botanic Gardens

You can find another breathtaking natural environment at the Denver Botanic Gardens. Make sure you save time during your stay to explore this beloved favorite of our guests and locals alike. It’s less than five minutes away from Castle Marne Bed & Breakfast and is a gorgeous place to see fall in Denver!

From the moment you step foot on this beautiful city escape, you’ll be captivated by seasonal blooms, intricate sculptures, and festive celebrations. Don’t miss your chance to see this enchanting paradise!

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Local Parks

177 acres of our cityscape consists of the beautiful Sloan’s Lake Park. This scenic space offers a collection of biking trails, hiking paths, and tennis facilities. On a fall day, enjoy a gourmet picnic on the rolling lawns, surrounded by the colors of autumn.

One of our favorite outdoor spaces is City Park. You can reach this local spot with a leisurely, one-mile walk from Castle Marne. When you arrive, enjoy 330 acres of emerald-green lawns. City Park is home to many exciting events and festivals like City Park Jazz, as well as attractions like the Denver Zoo and the Museum of Nature and Science. It’s a fantastic place to enjoy a variety of family-friendly fun.

Local tip: If you want to enjoy some of the most scenic hikes in the area, check out some of these trails with views of waterfalls!

Bike Trails

Calling all adventurers and thrill seekers! When you visit Denver this fall, rent our bikes for the day and take a relaxing ride down our many scenic bike trails. Each of these peaceful avenues showcases the natural beauty of our area. With over 85 miles of paved and unpaved trails, you can get closer to nature right in the middle of our urban metropolis!

The Rockies

Explore the peaceful autumn atmosphere with many scenic byways and nature preserves, surrounded by towering trees and majestic mountains. Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city with a trip on I-70, the gateway to the Rockies. This route allows you to see the aspen trees changing colors. Bring your camera, your sense of adventure, and your jacket to experience our beloved mountains!

For even more ideas, take a look at our blog on the most scenic drives to experience near Denver!

The Top 6 Denver Fall Festivals You Need to Experience This Year

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Cooler weather, leaves changing colors, and crisp mountain air define the fall in Denver. Each year, the Mile High City transforms from a summer lover’s paradise into a wonderful backdrop for the many Denver fall festivals. Each of these fun-filled celebrations brings you closer to the sights and sounds of autumn. Bring your jacket, remember a camera, and enjoy these fabulous events.

Don’t forget to get your free Vacation Guide to Denver! Inside, you can learn about several more must-see events and festivals. With so much going on in the city, we’re here to help point you in the right direction!

Festival Italiano

For the perfect way to end the summer and welcome autumn, check out the Festival Italiano. You can experience this delightful Italian festival at the Belmar in Lakewood in mid-September. When you arrive, taste signature cuisines from over 70 different Italian restaurants as well as savory wines from local wineries. There’s also a variety of artisans selling gelato, flowers, and much more. As you peruse the tents, feel free to spectate chef demonstrations and listen to live music.

With so many activities and provisions, this is one of the Denver fall festivals you won’t want to miss! Did we mention that admission is completely free?


Get ready for several days of good times and great beer at the Annual Denver Oktoberfest!  This celebration brings the tastes and flavors of authentic German culture to you. Say “Prost” to a good year and fun-filled times at the Oktoberfest at the end of September. Another one of the most popular fall festivals in Denver, this event is filled with an array of music, food, dancing, and, of course, drinks! Stop by 20th and Larimer to join in the excitement! Don’t forget to bring your appetite for bratwurst and beer!

Great American Beer Fest

The Great American Beer Festival is one of our favorite things to do in Colorado during September. Several of Denver’s thriving craft breweries take over the Colorado Convention Center, a few blocks from Civic Park. This annual celebration showcases thousands of different brews from 800 breweries. In 2017, attendees could find over 7,000 kegs throughout the venue! A representative from each brewery will be happy to pour you a glass and answer any questions you might have. Judges are also on site to choose medal-winning beers in the Beer Competition. You’re invited to taste them and pick your favorites, too!

Fright Fest

Don’t be afraid of a spooky good time! Every weekend in October, join the festivities of Fright Fest at Elitch Gardens Theme and Water Park. From haunted houses to tasty treats and many spooktacular events, this thrilling attraction is fun for the whole family. All of the exciting rides will be open for you to enjoy as well. You don’t want to miss out on Colorado’s largest Halloween nights!

Local tip: You’re welcome to wear your most creative costume to the park, but keep in mind that some items, such as capes, are prohibited on certain rides.

Pumpkin Fest

In early October, the Denver Botanic Gardens serves as a scenic backdrop for the Pumpkin Fest in Denver. One of the most anticipated events in October, you’ll have the opportunity to choose from thousands of pumpkins to paint or carve. With ten acres of pumpkins to explore, you’re sure to find the perfect one! In addition, you can peruse the vendor booths for seasonal products, participate in several activities, or pet the farm animals. Children can enjoy pony rides, carnival games, tractor rides, and so much more. It’s one of the best ways to bring in the autumn season and welcome Halloween this year!

Boo at the Zoo

To complement your incredible Denver fall experience, make plans to trick-or-treat and watch unique animal demonstrations at Boo at the Zoo. Dress up in your favorite costume and go trick-or-treating through this world-famous destination, the Denver Zoo. At this all-day event, you have the chance to interact with and get up close to a variety of animals. Since it’s one of the most popular family-friendly activities in Denver in the fall, make sure to buy your tickets in advance!

Rock ‘n’ Roll Denver Half Marathon

What happens when you combine a popular marathon event with the excitement of a music festival? You get Rock ‘n’ Roll Denver! Attendees are welcome to participate in this fun run each year at the end of October. Race for a cause and support several worthy charities, then enjoy a remarkable concert at the finish line to celebrate your success! Previous performances have included the Goo Goo Dolls and Train. Walk or run, because no matter what place you come in, you’re sure to have an exceptional time!

Denver Film Festival

Movie lovers should be pleased to know that the Mile High City hosts one of the most acclaimed film festivals in the country. The Denver Film Festival takes place in multiple locations throughout two weeks at the start of November. Enjoy numerous films, meet directors, and even vote for the winners of the People’s Choice Awards!

Denver International Wine Festival

Are you a wine connoisseur? Well, even if you’re not, you can still enjoy the Annual Denver International Wine Festival! For three days at the start of November, you can taste some of the most exquisite wines in the country. Chefs will also be competing in a food-and-wine pairing competition. There are even fascinating seminars to teach you everything you’ve ever wanted to know about wine!

Enjoy the Fall at the Magical Castle Marne

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As autumn approaches, a trip to the Mile High City should be on the top of your to-do list. Nestled in the Rocky Mountains, our scenic haven is a picture-perfect fall destination. Take time to venture through nature, celebrate at numerous seasonal festivals, and enjoy a variety of fall activities in Denver to make your time here special.

When you visit Denver this fall, consider Castle Marne for a comfortable place to recharge after your daily adventures. Our elegant accommodations are essential for relaxation and rejuvenation during your trip. In addition to resting in your luxurious guest room, you can join us for a gourmet dinner in our restaurant, one of the most romantic places to dine in Denver. You can also enjoy a leisurely stroll through our Victorian garden and sip afternoon tea with freshly-baked treats. Plus, you can wake up each morning to a gourmet breakfast spread and prepare for your daily adventures.

With so much stunning allure and natural beauty waiting for you, why wait any longer to plan your getaway? Check our availability and schedule your Mile High City getaway with us today!

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