Tip of the Month

Aspen leaves show the change from green to orange and gold.
















The Viewing of Fall Colors

September brings the end of summer and the beginning of autumn’s brilliant displays of color. Mid-September to mid-October are the best times to visit the high country for the yellow aspen.

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. 

Fall color viewing safety tips:

  • Exercise caution while driving on mountain roads to view the colors.
  •  Watch for wildlife. Wildlife can run along and across roadways without notice.
  • Make sure you observe the rules of the roads such as posted speed limits and no passing zones.
  • Park your vehicle in designated parking/rest areas.
  • When parking along roadways, make sure you are not impeding traffic or blocking gates.

Have fun and stay safe!

Colors are between 10-40% now.

Best Places to View and Photo Galleries ( Details about what you can see and photos coming soon)

Boulder Ranger District (Accessible only through Blackhawk form I-70)

  • Peak to Peak Highway between Nederland and Ward
  • Town of Eldora area and trails west of Hessie
  • County Road 16 west from Rollinsville
  • Rainbow Lakes Road

Photo Gallery September 4-9: Ward, Rainbow Lakes, Brainard Lake Area, Gold Hill Area

Photo Gallery September 16-22: Como Overlook area, Rollinsville, East Portal, Ward, Caribou Road, Gold Lake, Brainard Lake, Meeker Park, Olive Ridge, Emory Road, County Road 11

Canyon Lakes Ranger District

  • Upper regions of the Poudre Canyon- 9,500 to 10,000 feet
  • Chambers Lake area
  •  Comanche Peak and Rawah Wilderness Area around 9,000 feet
  • Laramie River Road (CR103)
  • Deadman Road

Photo Gallery September 17-22: County Road 43 and Poudre Canyon

Clear Creek Ranger District

  • Colorado State Highway 103, Old Chicago entry to Echo Lake
  • Lower Guanella Pass
  • Fall River Road
  • Berthoud Pass

Photo Gallery September 15: Colorado State  Highway 103, Colorado Highway 114

Pawnee National Grassland

Photo Gallery September 17

Sulphur Ranger District

  • U.S. Highway 34: Granby to Rocky Mountain National Park and Granby to Kremmling
  • Arapaho Bay Road (County Road 6)
  • Upper sections of Grand Vallet Hwy (24) between Granby and Grand Lake
  • U.S. Highway 40 Berthoud Pass to Granby
  • County Road 55: cottonwood Pass
  • County Road 6: Forest Service Road 125 between U.S. Highway 34 and Monarch Lake
  • The hike to Second Creek near teh top of Berthoud Pass, mile makrer 140
  • County Road 56

Photo Gallery September 9: Arapaho Bay Road

Photo Gallery September 15:  Arapaho Bay Road and Lake Granby

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