Tip of the Month: Time to Enjoy Fall Colors


Fall colors are in full swing

Vibrant fall colored grasses and trees




















See more beautiful images in our Fall Color Photo Gallery

Fall color viewing safety tips:

  • For fewer crowds, avoid weekends. Be patient and expect slow traffic, especially on Saturdays and Sundays.

  • Check the weather forecast.

  •  Have a full tank of gas, snacks, water, camera (with extra film or SD cards), binoculars and a good map. Cell phone coverage is not reliable. 

  •  Bring a sweater and rain jacket. Temperatures can change quickly at high elevation especially in the afternoons. Afternoon thunderstorms are common.

  • Mornings are best for photography. Dramatic lighting occurs soon after dawn. 

  • Observe the rules of the roads such as posted speed limits and no passing zones. Watch for pedestrians and wildlife.

  • Exercise caution while driving, when pulling off and onto the main roadways. 

  • Park your vehicle in designated parking/rest areas. Do not impede traffic or block gates. Do not stop in the middle of the road to take photos.

  •  Have fun and stay safe!

Some roads and trails remain closed due to flood damage that occurred during heavy September rains in 2013. Visit the Flood Recovery Page for information. Please use caution in all affected areas. 

Looking for a place to view?  

Follow us on Twitter @usfaarp, Like us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/usfsarp)  and enjoy Fall Color Fridays or check out one of these popular for watching the fall colors change:

Boulder Ranger District  (West of Boulder):

  • Peak to Peak Highway: Nederland to Ward
  • Town of Eldora area and trails west of Hessie
  • County Road 16 west from Rollinsville through Tolland
  • Rainbow Lakes Road
  • First portion of the South St Vrain Trail
  • Sourdough Trail north from the Brainard Lake Road

Canyon Lakes Ranger District  (West and northwest of Loveland and Fort Collins):

  • Big Bend Campground on State Route 14 to Cameron Pass
  • Red Feather Lake area
  • Laramie River Road and Deadman Road
  • Pingree Park Road 
  • Chambers Lake area

Clear Creek Ranger District ( Near Idaho Springs):

  • Valley on Highway 103: Old Chicago entry to Echo lake
  • Lower Guanella Pass
  • Fall River Road
  • Berthoud Pass

Sulphur Ranger District (Near Winter Park, Grand Lake and Granby):

  • Highway 34: Granby to Grand Lake and Rocky Mountain National Park
  • Highway 40: between Berthoud Pass and Kremmling
  • County Road 55: Cottonwood Pass
  • County Road  6: NFSR 125 between Hwy 34 and Monarch Lake
  • Arapaho Bay Road
  • Highway 125: between Granby, Windy Gap Reservoir and Willow Creek Pass
  • Stillwater Pass