Fall paints Colorado vibrant colors of red, yellow and orange,
but soon the temperatures will drop and snow will blanket the
The changing of seasons provides a large expanse of activities
for people to take part in.
Right now the aspen leaves and other trees are wrapping up their
summer to fall transition. The colors can only be seen for a short
time in fall, and their beauty draws people into the mountains.
Mary Bollinger, visitor assistant for the U.S. National Forest
Service, said it is an interesting year for aspen trees because
some of the trees have already lost leaves in higher elevations
while in lower elevations they are just beginning to turn.
“The aspens can change dramatically within a short time if the
leaves are ready to drop,” Bollinger said.
The upper Poudre Canyon, along the Cache le Poudre River on
Highway 14, and Rocky Mountain National Park are some places
Bollinger recommended looking.
Marcus Rasmussen, a sophomore English major, grew up in the Fort
Collins area. His favorite area to go to see the leaves change is
the Poudre Canyon. Rasmussen said the canyon is a great place for
hiking and taking pictures of the trees.
“I just love the way the light plays off the leaves,” Rasmussen
Sarah Dirscherl, a sophomore political science and criminology
major, said Fort Collins is beautiful in the fall, but she believes
the season can’t compare to winter.
“There is just something about winter and waking up to see frost
on the trees,” Dirscherl said.
She said winter feels “more intimate” to her, which is one of
the reasons it is her favorite season.
Summer and winter are the peak tourist seasons for Colorado.
There are more visitors in summer, but more money is spent in the
winter, said Stefanie Dalgar, director of communications for the
Office of Economic Development and International Trade.
People come to Colorado in the winter primarily for skiing and
snowboarding, but snowshoeing is also gaining popularity, Dalgar
said. Other activities include ice climbing and fishing, relaxing
at the resorts or in the hot springs.