DENVER — Fall arrives September 22 and with the change of seasons, comes the beautiful change of color all over Colorado.
As we head into mid-September, the leaves of our state’s Aspen trees will turn from a lush green to vibrant reds, oranges, and golds.
Peak viewing time is typically the third or fourth week of September through the middle of October. This is dependent on the calendar as the days get shorter and nights get longer. However, trees could peak early if an unexpected cold snap or high winds happen during this time.
Below is a graphic showing estimated peak times in Colorado.
Starting in late September, the U.S. Forest Service will have a hotline with fall foliage updates: 1-800-354-4595
Places to go for fall foliage viewing
Front Range: Peak to Peak Highway, Rocky Mountain National Park, Nederland, Evergreen
Northern Mountains: Steamboat, Rabbit Ears Pass
Central Mountains: The Maroon Bells, Aspen, Snowmass, Crested Butte, Breckenridge, Vail, Independence Pass
Southern Mountains: San Juan Skyway, Kebler Pass, Dallas Divide
Western Slope: The Grand Mesa