• Brian & Jenny

The Best of Fall in Western Colorado

Updated: Feb 25, 2020

Every season offers unique and fun things to enjoy. We especially love fall because of the golden yellow aspen tree leaves, pumpkin patches, hay mazes, punkin chunkin, fall festivals, trick-or-treating and of course hiking in the great outdoors. The weather is perfect and the leaves are spectacular. Snow is falling in the high country but in our town, the sun is still shining and its perfect weather for outdoor activities in September, October and most of November. We wanted to highlight three wonderful things about fall in our town and hopefully you have similar things in the place where you live to enjoy in the fall.

#1 - Great Thing About Fall in Western Colorado: Pumpkin Patches and Hay Mazes

There are several options for fall fun and pumpkin picking in our town and the nearby towns and we love all of the options. Each year our homeschool group goes to the Covered Bridge Pumpkin Patch and it gets better every year. This year they added human hamster wheels and our boys thought they might be the best thing since sliced bread. We also enjoyed a hayride, a hay maze, swinging on a tire, sliding down a tube into a pit of corn, jumping from a hay tower, lounging on a rope spider web and more. We even roasted marshmallows, picked pumpkins and fed a donkey before heading home. The weekend after we went to the Covered Bridge we were able to go with our church youth group to a huge corn maze at DeVries Produce. They also had a straw bale maze and corn pit. We went at night and used flashlights to wind our way through the corn maze and jump across the huge hay bales. The kids loved it!

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#2 - Great Thing About Fall in Western Colorado: Local Hiking Trails

We had no idea for the first several years we lived in our town that there were local hiking trails. We thought we had to go to the mountains to enjoy a rugged walk and breathtaking scenery. Then we joyfully discovered our local hiking trails. One of our favorite hikes is just minutes from our house and it follows the Uncompahgre River. The trail branches off of the Uncompahgre River Walk and if you know where to look you can see a real beaver dam. Our boys enjoy chucking rocks into the river while walking along this scenic trail. Another great local hike is the Buzzard Gulch Trail just south of town at the intersection of Popular Rd and Spring Canyon Rd. We took a jogger stroller on the trail for our little guy because the slope is gradual enough for a jogger stroller. He loved the "roller coaster" ride as he called it. There are bikes and horses allowed on the trail too and on a warm day, this hike is very popular.

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#3 - Great Thing About Fall in Western Colorado: Trick-or-Treating

We make a day of trick-or-treating in our town because there are so many great options. Our day begins with trick-or-treating on Main Street which also includes a costume contest put on by a local real estate group. The younger kids in town enjoy walking from shop to shop collecting candy and showing off their costumes. Moms love this daytime trick-or-treating because the sun is out and the weather is usually lovely. Nighttime in Western Colorado can be quite cold so the younger kids don't last very long collecting candy after the sun goes down. We also love the annual trunk-or-treat that is put on each year by a local car club. And our final trick-or-treat stop of the day is usually the Hallelujah Night put on by a local church where you can play games, collect candy and enjoy free hot dogs, pop and cotton candy. We can't wait for these events in 2018 and I've already checked the schedule: Trick-or-treating on Main Street 9am until the candy runs out and costume contest at 11am, Classics Car Club Trunk or Treat 5pm in the KFC/Big 5 parking lot, Hallelujah Night at a local church: 5:30pm-8:30pm.

We started a fun tradition a few years back that happens a few days after Halloween. When our beautifully carved pumpkins start to get moldy we smash them up in creative ways before throwing them in the garbage. This year we made a video to celebrate our pumpkin smashing extravaganza. We hope you enjoy watching it half as much as we enjoyed making it.

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