LIVE VIDEO: 9NEWS Early Morning News    Watch
 
 

Fall Colors

Presented by

PHOTOS: Colorado fall colors 2013

9:42 AM, Nov 12, 2013

KUSA - Add your fall color photos to our photo gallery by UPLOADING THEM HERE!

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.

If you have pictures you would like to share, please use the "send us your photos" button at the top of this page or e-mail them directly to us at weather@9news.com.
_FallColors

State alters 420 MM sign to thwart thieves

DENVER - Thieves have been stealing the 420 mile marker sign so often, CDOT has changed it to "419.99".

11:43 AM, Jan 11, 2014

Extended post office hours and late drop-off sites for April 17

DENVER - The U.S. Postal Service typically has extended hours at many locations for people to drop off their tax returns, but it has not released a formal list yet.

5:29 PM, Mar 6, 2012

A day without hate

WESTMINSTER - It's a lesson most of them learned in kindergarten, but over time, they have seen this rule broken and now they are old enough to understand why hate can hurt so deeply.

7:22 AM, May 12, 2007

Lindsey Vonn trains on snow for first time since crash

USA TODAY - After many months of rehabilitating her surgically repaired knee, Lindsey Vonn is back on skis. The Olympic gold medalist returned to snow in Portillo, Chile, with hopes of competing in the Sochi Games in six months.

9:30 AM, Sep 2, 2013

How non-rich people can go to college

USA TODAY - I can't count how many roundtable discussions I've heard asking whether college is still worth the cost. They are important debates; college can be expensive. But most leave out an important point: There is more than one way to go to college.

11:51 AM, Jan 12, 2014

Falling rocks injure 7 at Red Rocks

MORRISON - Firefighters say they believe a person climbing on the rocks could have caused a rock slide that hurt seven people at a concert at Red Rocks Saturday night.

5:56 PM, Sep 11, 2011

Playful young fox steals man's golf ball

KUSA - A little fox on a golf field stole the show as he got incredibly close to some golfers.

6:12 PM, May 27, 2013

Jamestown struggles to recover from flood

JAMESTOWN - Nearly five months after the floods devastated Jamestown, the town is still without water.

10:41 PM, Feb 6, 2014

Colorado weather forecast: After early Monday snow, strong winds to bring midweek warmth.

KUSA - With clearing skies very cold temperatures will start the day Tuesday.

11:35 PM, Jan 27, 2014

Ship yourself out to a new kind of pool in Denver

KUSA - Large shipping containers bring countless items from aboard to the United States. But what happens to the container once the job is done?

12:43 PM, May 17, 2013
right left