Off the Beaten Path

It’s only when the weather gets cooler that the local activities in Colorado get hotter.

This fall, escape the pressures of daily life and pay a visit to some of the best get-away attractions and locations that the state has to offer.

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, located in Colorado Springs, takes its place at the top of the must-visit list. Its very name hints at its unique topography: mountainous. While a visit does require quite a bit of walking (the zoo itself covers nearly 150 acres), its unique attractions and exhibits are well-worth the exertion. The zoo houses about 800 animals of over 200 species, according to the zoo’s website. Popular attractions within the zoo include the Mountaineer Sky Ride, an open-air chairlift ride, My Big Backyard, a hands-on educational experience for the whole family and even an antique carousel.

The zoo is open throughout the course of the year and is certainly more pleasurable in the cooler fall weather, during which time their off-season prices can’t be beaten: less than $15 for adults.

While low prices are nice when it comes to local outings, free is even better. Plan a weekend or even a day trip to the mountains in order to take in the gorgeous fall colors before it’s too late. Kenosha Pass is a prime location for viewing the changing aspen forests—not to mention the high probability one has of spotting resident moose in the area!

Consider lacing up those hiking boots or packing the mountain bikes for an excursion to Guanella Pass, accessible from Grant or historic Georgetown. If taking the latter route, be sure to plan time for window-shopping in this quaint little town.


The main entrance of the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo invites visitors of all ages to come and see what fun it has to offer. This zoo is one of many local and inexpensive attractions that is a must-see this fall.

Fall fun in Colorado is just within reach—and it certainly doesn’t have to break the bank.

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