Best places to see fall color this season

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DENVER — Heavy rain and mild temps have delayed Colorado’s fall color.

The best time to see the changing leaves in the mountains is 1 to 2 weeks behind schedule.

The best color will be away from flood zones.  Heavy late season rain has a negative effect on color – often forcing color to go directly from green to brown.

The perfect weather recipe involves cool, dry nights.  Those conditions are currently found west of the Divide and in the southern mountains.

Most color will peak during the first week of October.

Here are some specific destinations to see the best fall color this season:
1) Steamboat Springs
2) Keblar Pass
3) Cottonwood Pass
4) Grand Lake
5) Fairplay
6) Kenosha Pass
7) The Grand Mesa
8) Crested Butte
9) Aspen-Snowmass
10) Basalt
11) Telluride
12) Ridgway
13) Durango
14) Gunnison
15) Lake City

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