When and Where to Catch Peak Fall Color in Colorado
Autumn is one of the most beautiful times to live in or visit Colorado.
Hillsides turn stunning shades of gold, orange and red. Sometimes it seems to happen almost overnight.
Leaves change color each fall when they stop photosynthesis so they can rest for the winter when there isn't enough sunlight. The green chlorophyll fades, leaving behind the others colors that had been hidden the rest of the year.
Timing when and where to see Colorado’s fall colors takes both science and finesse. How do you know when it’s time to go? In general, September and early October mark when stands at higher elevation (and those that are farther north) will show colors. Lower, more southerly locations will follow.
Aspens take their cue to change as the days get shorter in the fall. But color changes also depend on tree health, local weather, environmental factors like drought or increased moisture, elevation and latitude.