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Old 08-27-2014, 11:37 AM   #1
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"color" recommendations Colorado

We will be travelling from Wisconsin to California beginning the second week of October.

We are looking for recommendations for seeing Fall colors in Colorado as we make our way westward.

I have been looking at the following route: Laramie, WY to Steamboat Springs, CO to Craig to Rifle to Grand Junction.

Question 1) I have been told that the colors in CO are generated by the aspen trees ... are there sufficient aspens on this route to show us some CO colors?

Question 2) Do you have a suggestion for a better route?

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Old 08-27-2014, 11:58 AM   #2
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We will be travelling from Wisconsin to California beginning the second week of October.

We are looking for recommendations for seeing Fall colors in Colorado as we make our way westward.

I have been looking at the following route: Laramie, WY to Steamboat Springs, CO to Craig to Rifle to Grand Junction.

Question 1) I have been told that the colors in CO are generated by the aspen trees ... are there sufficient aspens on this route to show us some CO colors?

Question 2) Do you have a suggestion for a better route?

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The only fall colors I've seen in CO are "green & yellow".
Unlike the beautiful/brilliant orange and red of WI, CO green and yellow is nothing to write home about.
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The 2nd week of Oct may be a little late for the fall color but every year is different and our weather has been a bit wacky this year. Usually the peak is 3rd or 4th week of September. While I agree with Mel that we don't have Wisconsin or New England variety of colors there are many who appreciate the gold & green against the backdrop of the mountains and deep blue sky. Along the rivers we get reds as well.

The newspapers normally post a color report online that you can just do a Google search for as the time gets closer.

Maroon Bells just west of Aspen is a very popular spot for fall beauty but there are lots of nice areas in the mountains/river valleys. Here are a few shots I took last fall south of Eagle (west of Aspen).





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So it seems that I should find some other criterion for selecting the route instead of fall colors in Colorado ...

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