Fall Foliage is Upon Us

"But no need to drastically alter your annual pilgrimage plans: West expects displays to be at their brightest in mid- to late-September in the north-central part of the state, as usual, with the typical peak occurring later to the south and west." -Seth Boster, OutThereColorado

Boster, S. (2020, August 25). Colorado aspen forecast: factors other than drought could alter fall colors. OutThereColorado. Retrieved From

Anybody who lives in or has visited the high country in the past week may have noticed a slight change in color as of late. The little gold leaves on the aspen trees have just started to appear, signaling the very preliminary signs of the Fall season. This may seem fairly early, but according to a local expert with the State Forest Service, we are pretty close to being right on track. There are a variety of factors that can effect an early shift in color, the most significant being drought. With very little rainfall during the month of August, the aspen trees may be propelled into an early shift from green to gold. At most, we may be a few days to a week ahead of the normal schedule. Local experts are still calling for the peak of fall foliage to occur sometime between the middle and end of September depending on weather patterns for the next month or so. For many, Fall is a favorite time of year for trail-based recreation. The cooler temperatures, explosion of golden aspen groves, and less people on trails all add up to quite the experience. Be sure to check our trail conditions page for updates and trail closures before venturing out this Fall.