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PHOTOS: Colorado fall colors 2013

9:42 AM, Nov 12, 2013

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Colorado is one of the best places to witness the change that happens to trees and shrubs in the autumn. The brilliant display of fall leaves that cover the state is primarily regulated by the calendar. As days grow shorter and nights grow longer, biochemical processes in the leaves cause them to lose their green tint and develop red, orange, gold and brown tints before the leaves fall to the ground. Temperature has very little to do with the process. Therefore, it is easy to predict when the color change will occur.

In the mountains, the fall colors generally peak during the final two weeks of September and the first week of October but this can vary depending on the exact location. The most vibrant color only lasts about a week in most areas.

FOLIAGE UPDATE:

The late rain across the state has delayed the peak colors, but only by a few days so that most locations will peak more near the end of the average date range. As of Monday, Sept. 23, the San Juans near Pagosa Springs and Durango are showing 10 to 20 percent change while areas near the Maroon Bells, Aspen, and through the central and northern mountains are now in the 40 to 60 percent changed state. This coming weekend should be very good for color in the northern and central mountains and if current trends continue the color may last down south well into the first couple weeks of October.

For the latest leaf report, you can always call the U.S. Forest Service Fall Color Hotline at 1-800-354-4595 or click here.

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