U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > Colorado
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Reply Start New Thread
 
Old 09-13-2016, 10:25 PM
 
Location: Oklahoma City area
667 posts, read 1,751,913 times
Reputation: 566

Advertisements

In our early married/working days (a long time ago) we drove to Colorado because we didn't have a lot of money or vacation days. Except for driving through on our way to somewhere else, we haven't spent any time in the state recently. We're planning to go later this month and will include Ouray and Aspen in our trip. Will we have trouble finding motel rooms, because of people coming for the fall color? Thanks.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 09-13-2016, 10:50 PM
 
3,797 posts, read 3,987,784 times
Reputation: 2566
If you book immediately you probably can get something but some places may be full. The weekends will obviously be tougher than weekdays.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 09-15-2016, 04:38 PM
 
11,256 posts, read 43,191,290 times
Reputation: 14905
I've never seen those hospitality resources strained at this time of the year in the mountains ... especially for Aspen.

If anything, a number of places will shut down or close off capacity due to the low volume of business and take the opportunity for a vacation break before ski season. This is a "shoulder season" between the prime summer tourist months and the winter ski season.

You may even find significantly discounted rates for lodging due to the low occupancy levels at this time. Fall Color tourists are a drop in the bucket sales volume compared to the main tourist seasons of the year. Just for perspective ... keep in mind that families with school age children are now in school; this is the same reason why many major national parks/attractions have much lower visitor days than the summer season that ended at Labor Day weekend.

Last edited by sunsprit; 09-15-2016 at 05:13 PM..
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 09-15-2016, 08:04 PM
 
9,830 posts, read 19,527,350 times
Reputation: 7602
Labor Day is the end of the road for summer season. After that you might see some life on weekends depending on the weather or if there is some special event going on, but things start to quiet down and there will be plenty of choices for accommodation. If anything you might start seeing some tourist businesses go to reduced hours or begin to close for a break in October before winter season. Some towns like Ouray are mostly summer tourist towns.

IMO Colorado really doesn't get much in the way of tourists for fall color. Some perhaps but not as many as one would think.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 09-16-2016, 02:02 PM
 
Location: Foot of the Rockies
86,886 posts, read 102,281,764 times
Reputation: 32946
^^Seriously? A couple years ago, we decided to go "leaf-peeping" on a Sunday morning when the leaves were at their peak (right about now). We finally turned around at Georgetown. Traffic was bumper to bumper and barely moving! Weekdays are probably better, but I'd guess still busy, especially in Aspen. Maybe not so much in Ouray, it being farther away from Denver.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 09-16-2016, 03:25 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
3,049 posts, read 2,077,790 times
Reputation: 3536
Perhaps not national tourism, but we get a lot of local traffic in September-October. State Park and Forest Service campgrounds near Cos are booked full to nearly full for the next couple of weekends. I'd bet most places within 2 hrs of Denver are still hopping on weekends for about another month.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 09-16-2016, 07:41 PM
 
9,830 posts, read 19,527,350 times
Reputation: 7602
Quote:
Originally Posted by Katarina Witt View Post
^^Seriously? A couple years ago, we decided to go "leaf-peeping" on a Sunday morning when the leaves were at their peak (right about now). We finally turned around at Georgetown. Traffic was bumper to bumper and barely moving! Weekdays are probably better, but I'd guess still busy, especially in Aspen. Maybe not so much in Ouray, it being farther away from Denver.
Oh yes, seriously.

Traffic on I-70 can get backed up year round for a wide variety of reasons.

Sure in September if you have a good weather weekend or some event you might get a little traffic but Labor Day is the end for the most part. I can tell you from living in these towns that you will not have any problems finding accommodation.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 09-17-2016, 08:26 PM
 
Location: Aurora, CO
6,525 posts, read 10,194,145 times
Reputation: 9757
Saw 20ish people taking pictures of a stand of aspen on the east side of Berthoud Pass near the Big Bend picnic area today at 11am. Would've stopped to take a picture of them for proof, but I was hurrying to get to Idaho Springs for Smokin' Yards. :-)
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 09-18-2016, 06:05 PM
 
Location: CO
2,591 posts, read 5,986,911 times
Reputation: 3407
Quote:
Originally Posted by wanneroo View Post
Oh yes, seriously.

Traffic on I-70 can get backed up year round for a wide variety of reasons.

Sure in September if you have a good weather weekend or some event you might get a little traffic but Labor Day is the end for the most part. I can tell you from living in these towns that you will not have any problems finding accommodation.
The times they are a changing. Not only is summer tourism growing, but as this Denver Post article says, formerly dormant months like May, September and October are growing the most quickly:

Record sales tax revenue, summer visitor traffic in Colorado resort communities spurs talk of capacity, sustainability and the question: Is there such a thing as too busy?

Quote:
It was another banner summer in Colorado’s high country. Record sales tax revenues. Record lodging occupancy. Record traffic counts.

That makes five years in a row of best-ever summers. It’s like a broken record blasting from the mountains: Record! Record! Record!
. . .
July was a record-setter across the state. Aspen and Snowmass saw the valley’s July occupancy rates top 88 percent for the first time. In Winter Park, July sales tax collections were up 57 percent over July 2015, marking a doubling of lodging tax collections in the last five years. Just about every Colorado tourist town saw highest-ever summer tax collections in July, with formerly dormant months like May, September and October growing the most quickly.

It used to be that May was time for locals to leave the mountains to visit Mom, Moab or Mexico. Now it’s just one long peak, with the busy winter blurring into summer into fall into winter. . .
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 09-18-2016, 10:07 PM
 
Location: Blah
4,153 posts, read 7,926,039 times
Reputation: 3057
Quote:
Originally Posted by wanneroo View Post
Oh yes, seriously.

Traffic on I-70 can get backed up year round for a wide variety of reasons.

Sure in September if you have a good weather weekend or some event you might get a little traffic but Labor Day is the end for the most part. I can tell you from living in these towns that you will not have any problems finding accommodation.
I remember the first time I experienced I-70 bumper to bumper. I'm not sure how far, I gave up at Idaho Springs and turned around. This was like during the summer time last year.

Anyhow, I was out leaf peaking this weekend and Pike Peak national forest got pretty busy. I'm sure the next couple weekends will be the same around the state.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:


Options
X
Data:
Loading data...
Based on 2000-2016 data
Loading data...

123
Hide US histogram

Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > Colorado
Follow City-Data.com founder on our Forum or

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 06:02 PM.

2005-2019, Advameg, Inc. · Please obey Forum Rules · Terms of Use and Privacy Policy · Bug Bounty

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35 - Top