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Colorado’s Leaves Are Changing Color Earlier Than Usual

Grant Allen/Adventure Tribune
Colorado’s Rocky Mountain forests provide opportunities for incredible photographs and leaf-color adventures. But this year, the leaves are changing colors earlier.


As we drive into Estes Park to witness herds of elk roam through the town, we’re stunned by the forest’s color palate. Leaves have changed from summer green to vibrant reds, oranges, and yellows. But, the leaves’ vibrancy came early this year.

The leaves are changing colors earlier the further north you go, which means your window in the southern part of the state begins later, according to Denver’s 9News.

If you want to take a drive into the Rocky Mountains and view the leaves as they change color, be sure to do it early, as the leaves will change earlier the deeper the forest sits in the mountains. Further into the mountains, the leaves may be all gone by the time October rolls around. In the lower sections of the Rockies, late September and early October is your window. And, in the foothills, the leaves should be gone before November.

Due to its mixture of evergreens and deciduous forests, Colorado features some of the country’s most scenic color-changing forests (aside from the Northeast).

Don’t miss out on the short window to view Colorado’s natural autumn beauty. Send your photos to The Adventure Tribune to showcase the color palate.

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Tom Malone is the Editor-In-Chief of The Adventure Tribune and author of adventure novels, like Across Americana. He is based in Denver, Colorado, where he adventures through the Rocky Mountains while not traveling abroad.
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