When do the Leaves Change in Crested Butte?
May 20, 2009
Not an easy question to answer. The peak of the fall season is incredible here, but it is short lived and thus hard to predict. We have one of the best falls in Colorado because of Kebler Pass. This Pass is claimed to have the largest Aspen Forest in the world. Because Aspens are connected by their roots, it also makes this forest the second largest living organism in the world. So when the leaves change, they change together creating a pretty cool effect when viewed from a mountain side or top. I would say that the peak of the season lasts somewhere between 7 to 10 days around the end of September. Now this is nowhere near a sure prediction. The amount of rain leading up to the fall colors and even the storms during the turning of the leaves change things dramatically. For me personally, I enjoy the changing of colors, but I really enjoy when the leaves are past their peak and I am hiking through the woods on a carpet of red from all the fallen leaves.