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Fall in the Rocky Mountains

By Lindsay Goebel Last Updated May 11, 2021 2 min read

The most magical time of the year in the Rockies is almost here!

Fall in the Rockies is quite a sight to see. From late August through mid-September, the aspen groves scattered throughout the Rocky Mountains begin their quaking process. During quaking, aspen leaves begin to change from green to neon yellow – with some groves transforming into a bright orange or rich red hue.

(Fall is peaking early this year – here’s an updated list on dates and places to see the best colors!)

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If you’ve ever considered a trip to the Rocky Mountains, consider this “prime time” season. The weather is temperate with sunny days and cool, crisp evenings, and there are plenty of Fall time activities in every mountain town from Estes Park to Aspen, Colorado.

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Best Colorado Places and Hikes to See the Aspen Leaves Change:

• Hidden Valley
• Twin Sisters
• Bear Lake Road
• Glacier Gorge Trail
• Boreas Pass
• Cottonwood Pass
• Monarch Pass
• Maroon Bells
• McCullough Gulch
• Meadow Creek to Lily Pad Lake
• Baker’s Tank
• North Ten Mile Creek
• Lower Cataract Lake

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