Fall colors in Colorado

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  1. AK2ID

    AK2ID Been here awhile

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    Balancing color and weather, when is the best time to view the fall aspen colors on a motorcycle?
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  3. AK2ID

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    Perfect.
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  4. patrkbukly

    patrkbukly Life at 10,000 feet

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    It really varies, that years moisture levels, light (smoke from fires will influence) and temps but I did a quick scan of dated pics on my laptop of here in Fairplay and see this of beginning changes;

    2018 SEP 18
    2017 SEP 15
    2016 SEP 15

    So these are beginnings of color so full blown is about the 29th of SEP at least in this area.
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  5. AK2ID

    AK2ID Been here awhile

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    Great. My window is sometime between September 25th and October 10th.

    I think earlier is best..,
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  6. Boricua

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    What ever date you pick, the previous weekend was the best, or it will peak the next weekend.

    I'm doing kebler pass on Sep 29.
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  7. ATCguy

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    I’ll be in Montrose for the annual gathering of my Goldwing riding friends Sept 18-23.

    Hope the colors are peaking then... but whether they are or not, either way I know It’s gonna be a great time to ride.
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    We have a fall colors ride scheduled this year for Steamboat Springs area the weekend of September 28. But I am going to keep an eye on weather and trends and may move it up a weekend or two and/or pick a destination further south.

    I have a feeling based on weather trends so far this year that fall color will be early.
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    AK2ID Been here awhile

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    Great info...thanks to all.

    I have a hard schedule commitment until Sept. 21st. So, it looks like the 4th week of Sept. is the earliest I can travel. Coming from Idaho, I plan to enter Colorado from the northwest, travel southeast through Aspen to C. Springs for a rest day. Then I am looking at a route back west and south to Durango. From here I will charge north and then continue west through the national parks of southern Utah. Final leg will be to slab it back home through the desert of Nevada.

    Lots of high country, so weather will be respected. I will need to bring the electric jacket and balaclava back into service.

    Sounds like a blast.

    Thanks again.
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    Depending on where you’re at, don’t go where the news channels say to go. I went last year and it just happened to be the weekend the news said to go. It was a nightmare. Stop and go traffic on 285, people walking in the middle of the highway at Kenosha pass. It was retarded. I went back 2 weeks later on a week day and most of the leaves had already fallen. Doesn’t sound like you will be around the Denver area though, so might not be an issue.
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    Kenosha's always like that - room for a lot of folks to park right off the road, it's relatively close, and a whole hillside of color without having to go down a dirt road.
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    And if you lucky like I was there, looking at Fall colors 3 year ago, saw a big bull moose swimming around in the lake up there. :dllama:
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    I have to say that I'm a bit disturbed by this talk of "Fall Colors" already...............:becca
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    I was a bit disturbed when I went to King Soopers on Monday and all the summer stuff was gone and in its place were Halloween decorations. FFS it isn't even the "unofficial end of summer" Labor Day yet.
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    Funny how everyone is in a rush for the next season. So much as to miss enjoying half of the current one.

    Now that I remember I need to check on a new ski rack for my jeep.
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    Good advice to be careful of places highlighted by the local news.

    At this point my timeline is looking like Sept. 26, 27 and 28th. Weather could change things.

    I grew up in C Springs so visiting Colorado is nostalgic, fun because it is uniquely beautiful, but also sad to experience the impact of all the people.

    Thanks again for all the pointers.
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    It's a wet year, so I guess the colors won't be as vivid this year.
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    Whenever that happens I have a shot of Jack and man they come alive.
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    Well folks, any signs of changing colors up higher and more north yet?

    The mornings are finally a bit cooler here and I am LOVING IT! September is my favorite month of the year! Best riding conditions.

    Every year I take my wife out for a day or 2 in pursuit of the perfect fall colors ride - after colors change but before they blow off the trees and highway riding gets cold. With work schedules and kids' activities in the mix, and colors going straight from green to brown some years, we have never quite scored that perfect day, but the quest continues.
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