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Aspen Trees Photo Gallery
Colorado has aspen trees scattered throughout the mountains, but
there are some major concentrations. The best advice is to get
off the major Interstate and U.S. Highways and check out some of
the state highways and county roads. A few of my personal favorite
spots in the state include the Flat Tops Wilderness, the Grand
Mesa, the region near Marble and McClure Pass, and the Dallas
Divide. Even though I have lived here for eighteen years, I still
have not visited the Maroon Bells near Aspen, CO. They are
spectacular, but it is very difficult to photograph anything
unique among the throngs of other photographers.
The aspens in Colorado typically hit their absolute peak in the
final days of September. A photographer can easily adjust his
or her target regions northward or southward if the leaves have
advanced too far. Near the northern border of CO, I recommend
shooting centered on roughly 23 Sep. Near the southern border,
I recommend a target of 30 Sep. Cold air drains into broad
valleys and there are times when aspens at lower elevations lose
their leaves before those at higher elevations on sloped hillsides.
Most years the weather is ideal with mostly dry conditions and
moderate daytime temperatures in the 50s F (or around
10–15° C). Overnight temperatures are usually
not far below freezing, mostly depending on elevation. Camping
is usually fantastic if you don't mind the chill, because there
are no crowds. Exploring the aspens during the middle of the
week usually affords the pick of the best camping spots at
Of course Colorado high country has its share of early season
snow, but, in my experience, the inclement weather occurs only
once or twice per decade in the final week of Sep. If you are
extremely lucky, there will be a fresh coat of snow on the higher
peaks with perfect gold aspen leaves and stunning blue skies to
add colorful drama to the scene.