Experience the Color Change of Rocky Mountain Forests“Leaf Peeping” is an informal term for people who travel to view and photograph the fall foliage in areas where foliage changes colors (See: Wikipedia).
For those who are looking to experience the fantastic color change of the Rocky Mountain forests, Basalt and the Roaring Fork Valley have some of the most exceptional scenic areas in Colorado. When asked about timing a visit to see the changing leaves, locals consistently point to the third week in September as the historical height of the color. It’s this time when the mountainsides are blanketed with the vibrant yellow of Aspen leaves, intermittently mixed with the dark green of the conifers. It always depends on the season, so a broader peak autumn foliage is usually from mid-September to mid-October. Higher elevation trees will change first making driving over passes fabulous.
Take In The Breathtaking LandscapeA couple options to take in the breathtaking landscape would be to take a drive up to Ruedi and beyond or to drive towards Emma and to the bottom of Sopris Mountain. The drive up the Frying Pan road towards Ruedi will not let you down for some amazing pictures. Take one of the many hikes in the area to be enveloped by the vibrant colors or simply enjoying the golden yellow, orange, and red Aspens reflect off of Ruedi Reservoir. Driving along East Sopris Creek road from Emma towards Mount Sopris is another great route to find some beautiful fall colors.
Fall Colors Hotline
For more information and exact locations of changing colors, try calling the United States Forest Service “Fall Colors Hotline” at: (800) 354-4595.