Many Roaring Fork businesses have a seasonal offering that caters to the chilly, gorgeous, and spiced flavor of fall.
Check out the following local establishments for autumnal vibes and fun.
Located between New Castle and Glenwood Springs is Orchard Creek Ranch, the Roaring Fork Valley’s own apple-picking paradise. While supplies (a.k.a. fresh produce) last, apple picking is fun for the entire family. Orchard Creek Ranch also sells other farm-fresh products, including ciders, honey, and oils.
There are several pumpkin-picking patches in the Roaring Fork Valley, including New Castle Gardens, Osage Gardens, and Rocking B Ranch in Rifle. There are also numerous options near Grand Junction, Fruita, and Paonia.
Every year, the Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park puts on their own Octoberfest celebration, involving pumpkins, hay rides, live music, and treats. There’s nothing like a mountain-top ode to autumn.
Local farms are a fun family-friendly activity during the fall season, especially with animals to feed. The Sopris Alpaca Farm, located in Silt, is popular for adults and kiddos alike. Cedar Ridge Ranch and Avalanche Ranch also have furry friends on-site and local products for sale.
Though local art store in-person classes might be put on hold for a while, you can still stir up some fall-themed creativity at home. Whether it’s pumpkin painting (a colorful deviation from carving), do-it-yourself Halloween yard decorations (ghost garland, for example), or an autumn-inspired faux floral bouquet, there’s plenty of crafty ideas to draw from. Shopping locally for your supplies, from stores like The Speckled Feather Mercantile, The Artist's Mercantile and Gallery, The Project Shop, and Basalt Printing and Art Supply, is a great way to support hometown businesses.
Hot springs were practically made for fall. With dropping temperatures, a soak is restorative, peaceful, and serene.
Check out local hot-spots such as Avalanche Ranch, Iron Mountain Hot Springs, and Glenwood Hot Springs Resort.
Though it’s a virtual event this year, the Glenwood Springs Ghost Walk is a timeless adventure that incorporates history with a little pinch of spookiness.
It would hardly be fall-time in Colorado without an escape to the mountains for one last look at lingering aspen leaves. Aspen, Snowmass, Carbondale, and Basalt are full of worthy trails to explore.
What’s your favorite fall-time activity?