DENVER (KDVR) — It’s time to get your camera ready, grab your favorite fall sweater and sip on your favorite pumpkin coffee or beer.
Fall color will mostly be on time, with peak color arriving by mid-to-late September. As always, a stretch of abnormally cold weather could alter this timeline a few days.
The prolonged drought across Western Colorado could push some leaves to peak early.
When you can expect to see fall colors:
- September 15-30
- Steamboat & Flat Tops
- Rocky Mountain National Park
- September 17-Oct. 1
- Grand Mesa
- Sawatch Range
- September 19- Oct. 3
- Northern San Juan Mountains
- Southern San Juan Mountains
- Sangre De Cristo
The Farmers Almanac predicts that peak fall color will arrive in Colorado on Oct. 5-14.
Meteorologist Chris Tomer says he thinks the fall color in Colorado will closely follow the drought tracker this year.
Where to see fall colors:
Within 1 hour of Denver:
Peak to Peak Highway
Rocky Mountain National Park
A look at fall colors from Guanella Pass in the past:
Within 2 hours of Denver:
Fall colors from Vail taken in the past:
Within 3-4 hours of Denver:
Rabbit Ears Pass
Fall colors from Aspen and Steamboat taken in the past:
Last year, fall colors arrived slightly earlier than normal and didn’t last long. The colors weren’t as vibrant as normal. In 2019, fall colors arrived later than normal.