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Here’s Where The Best Fall Leaves Are This Weekend

19 Sep 2015, 9:30 am

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Looking for the best place to check out the fall colors this weekend? It’s still mid-to-late September, so many places aren’t close to peak yet, however, if you head up to Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, you’ll see autumn’s full array of dazzling colors in full order this weekend.

Soaring as high as 14,000 feet above sea level, Colorado’s Rocky Mountains are already showing plenty of color even with temperatures across much of the Rockies running well above average for this time of year. Many spots, particularly near the popular tourist getaways of Aspen, Colorado (elevation: approximately 8,000 feet) and Vail, Colorado (also about 8,000 feet high) are seeing a strong early glimpse of autumn this weekend, and with temperatures in both locations expected to top out near 70° through Tuesday under plenty of sunshine, it should make for a high quality weekend of leaf-viewing in this part of the country.

The best spots to check out the fall colors this weekend include the simple drive along I-70 west from Denver to Grand Junction, the peak-to-peak highway towards Rocky Mountain National Park, and U.S. Route 285 from Denver to Buena Vista, Colorado.

Colorado’s high country doesn’t typically peak until the last week of September and into the first days of October, however, beautiful aspen trees are blossoming, making for a terrific early sneak peek of fall.


For WeatherNation:  Meteorologist Chris Bianchi – Photos courtesy: KUSA

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