This is When Colorado’s Fall Color Will Peak in 2023
Colorado's fall color change is an incredible time of year for scenic drives, fall hikes, and fall color photography. When will the color change take place in 2023? What factors might speed up or slow down the arrival of fall colors in Colorado?
Keep going for a look at fall colors, and some of our favorite fall color drives you can explore with your family this fall.
Rainfall and Fall Colors in Colorado
Hot summers and warm fall weather can delay the fall color change, but a rainy cloudy fall can also lessen the intensity of the fall colors. If the trees are too dry the leaves fall off before they can develop really bright colors. The bright reds we see in the fall are a result of cool, dry, days with plenty of sunshine.
Peak Color on the Western Slope
Fall Color Weekend on the Grand Mesa is a chance to ride the gondola at Powderhorn Ski Resort and enjoy the hiking trails as the seasons change. This is usually the last weekend the Grand Mesa visitors center is open to guests. Expect some of the best colors on the Western Slope from mid-September to mid-October.
Peak Color on the Front Range
Mid to late September is a fantastic time to visit Rocky Mountain National Park. Fall color makes its way into the Denver metro by late September into October. This is a great time of year to visit some of the scenic railroads that offer fall-color train rides through the Rocky Mountains.
Keep going to see the 2023 timeline for fall colors in Colorado and tell us about your favorite places to see them.