Ready to start preppin’ for some leaf peeping in the Pikes Peak area? The Avenue Hotel Bed and Breakfast sits just outside Pikes Peak National Forest and is a great homebase for leaf peeping. Fall is less than two weeks away, and there’s no better place to be for the season than in Colorado. One of the most beautiful places to see the colors change is in Manitou Springs, Colorado. At the Avenue Hotel Bed and Breakfast, you can see the changing colors throughout town, and you’re just a short drive away from these scenic stop-overs.
The Manitou Incline. Just a quick walk (1.3 mi.) up Manitou Avenue, or take our FREE town shuttle to the base of the Incline and you’re sure to see natural spectacles. Be sure to bring sunscreen, a hat, and water. Yes! Even in the fall and winter, you can get dehydrated and sun burnt in Colorado.
Take a scenic drive through the Garden of the Gods. The red rock formations, the landscapes’ rugged beauty, and the vibrant colors will make for beautiful photos and lifelong memories. There are several areas to pull off and take in the beauty, or better yet, find one of the many walking trails to really experience the grandeur of the rocks. For the complete experience, start your adventure at the Garden of the Gods Visitors Center, and finish your tour on the other side of the park with the Garden of the Gods Trading Post.
Ascend Pikes Peak, America’s Mountain and see autumn fall upon the city below. On a clear day you can see the changing colors in Manitou Springs, Colorado Springs, and beyond. You can take your own car up the thrilling mountain roads, or opt for one of the many jeep tours in Manitou Springs.
Pick up the Midland Trail behind the Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce building to be surrounded by fall colors. A canopy of green, yellow, orange and red above, with the fresh water creek at your side you can walk for miles and still stay in town.
Red Rock Canyon Open Space is another breathtaking park full of fun, and moderately easy walking trails. Part of the same ridgeline as Garden of the Gods, this park has stunning views and fall colors for miles. It is also conveniently located between Manitou Springs and Old Colorado City. Take a morning hike, and spend the afternoon in Old Colorado City for great shopping, local boutiques, and delicious restaurants and cafes.