Oct trip recommendations

Thanks in advance for any recommendations you may provide. I started researching this trip a couple of months ago, have read so many TA posts in preparation, and now with the NP closures am feeling that my trip needs help! We are coming from Denver, two adults and two dogs. We rented a cabin on the Grand Mesa for Thurs - Sat nights. Were planning on taking several day trips including the Colorado National Monument and the Black Canyon of the Gunnison. I know about Lands End, know we can visit wineries in Pallisade, know we could drive down to Montrose and maybe even Ouray - although it isn't close. What else can we do on the Mesa? Are the fall colors still in tact up there? How about a trip home to Denver via Gunnison and Salida? Any must stops? I wish I had a different itinerary now... thanks for any recommendations.