Colorado Fall Colors: Leaf-Peeping Tips in 2020

The chill in the air, the pumpkin spice treats, football on the weekends — they’re all signs of fall. And now that it’s officially autumn, chances are that you’re planning a leaf-peeping adventure with friends or family.

Continue reading as we discuss when, where, and how to see all of Colorado’s fall colors in 2020.

Be prepared to go now

You’re absolutely right if you thought it was an abnormally hot summer. In fact, Denver set a new record for the most 90-degree days in a single year. That excessive heat led to statewide drought, numerous wildfires, and a lot of indoor activities over the last few months.

The scorching temperatures also put major stress on trees. And when trees are stressed, their leaves tend to change colors earlier than normal. Experts predict that the beautiful foliage we’re accustomed to in Colorado might not last very long.

That’s why it’s important to plan your leaf-peeping outing sooner than later.

Don’t limit yourself to the Front Range

There’s plenty of red, gold, and orange along the Front Range in autumn. But if you really want to appreciate our state’s beauty this time of year, you’ll need to plan on more of a drive. Trust us, you’ll thank us later.

Here are several places to check out Colorado’s fall foliage.

Trail Ridge Road

Thinking of exploring Rocky Mountain National Park for the first time? Then a scenic journey on Trail Ridge Road has to be at the top of your list. Just remember to be patient, as other leaf peepers and photographs will probably have the same idea.   

Kebler Pass

Fun fact: Kebler Pass is home to the largest aspen grove in North America. Visitors will also enjoy unique natural landscapes and the charming town of Gunnison. Keep in mind, though, that Kebler Pass is unpaved.

Maroon Bells

You’ve seen it in magazines, movies, and possibly a postcard or two. But none of that compares to actually seeing the iconic Maroon Bells in person during the fall. They’re the two most photographed peaks in North America for a reason, which is why reservations are required to see it.

Buffalo Pass

Visitors can’t help but be in awe over the fall foliage along Buffalo Pass. And if you’re in need of some exercise once you arrive, take a hike to the picturesque Three Island Lake Trail. Then relax and unwind in Steamboat Springs before making your way back east. 

La Veta Pass

Try to think back to the last time you made your way down to southern Colorado. Not exactly sure when that may have been? Well, a trip on the La Veta Pass on U.S. Route 160 is certainly worth your while, and even more so during autumn.

Notice the dark red

We don’t have to remind you that things have been weird in 2020. With that in mind, some Coloradans have noticed a darker, deeper red in the aspen trees this season. John Meyer of The Denver Post wrote an entire article dedicated to this phenomenon.

He recommends that those heading out for leaf-peeping look for “crazy red” colors in the underbrush. The colors have been discovered in Aspen, Crested Butte, and Steamboat Springs, to name a few. It’s all welcome news considering that trees throughout Colorado had to fend off a rare snowstorm soon after Labor Day.

Make Colorado your home

We’re incredibly fortunate to live in such a gorgeous state. The fall leaves, the mountains, the people — what’s not to like?

But what if you’re in the process of moving and have yet to decide where you want to live? At American Home Agents, we have Colorado first-time home buyers covered. Our realtors know Colorado inside and out, and you can rest assured that they have your best interests in mind.

American Home Agents is more than just another real estate brokerage. We have decades of combined experience, and we put our clients first. Whether you’re buying your first, next, or forever home, count on our team to help you every step of the way.

Did we mention we have a partnership with American Financing? This is a family-owned national mortgage company that will customize a loan to fit your needs. Shopping for a mortgage just got a whole lot easier thanks to American Financing!

Do yourself a favor and start the conversation with one of our real estate agents this fall. They’ll walk you through what it takes to buy a home in Colorado and answer any questions you may have.

Call American Home Agents today at (303) 695-5900.

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