9 Reasons to Love Aspen in October

Fall foliage. Peak week ranges from the end of September through early October and a drive through any part of the valley offers a beautiful peek at the turning leaves.

Ghost towns. Spooky season is here and the Aspen Chamber Resort Association has a list of some great Aspen area ghost towns and cemeteries to visit this time of year.

Quieter weekdays. The leaf peepers typically arrive in town for the weekend, leaving weekdays quieter around town (and parking spots easier to find).

Art abounds. Even though off-season is arriving, the Aspen Art Museum has an exhibit running through mid-October and the Rooftop Café is a great spot to take in the views.

Hiking. Did you know the Aspen area has more than 50 hiking trails? This is the perfect time of year to set out on a new path. ACRA has a great list of hiking trails throughout the Aspen area.

Saturday Market. The Aspen Saturday Market runs through October 8th this year, offering Colorado made, grown, and produced items.

Lower lodging. Rates drop during late September and October, offering the perfect time for a getaway or a staycation.

Day drives. Whether you’re a local looking to take a loop or visiting for the weekend, there are beautiful drives through and to the Aspen area.

First snow. Flakes start to fly in October, giving a sneak peek at what is to come.

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