One of Colorado's favorite fall pastimes is heading to the mountains to see all the fall colors. When, exactly, will it be the perfect time to check them out. Here's your answer.

There are so many great fall color drives around Colorado, it's hard to choose a favorite. Whether you're looking for a short afternoon jaunt to a weekend away in the crisp fall air, Colorado has something to offer for everyone.

This year, fall color season could shorter than usual due to the extreme droughts throughout the state. Thanks to, we put together a week-by-week schedule.


    Sept. 10

    There are some areas already changing, but for the most part, we're still green.


    Week of Sept. 17

    The majority of Colorado will see minimal changes with patchy areas in the higher elevations.


    Week of Sept. 24

    Higher elevations will begin to see partial changes with patch conditions on the Western Slope and Front Range.


    Week of Oct. 1

    Higher elevations will be near peak conditions, if not already at peak.


    Week of Oct. 8

    If you haven't made it out yet, now is the time to plan your trip. High elevation areas are in their peak --and we know this is the best place to be. Surrounding areas are near peak, if not already there as well.


    Week of Oct. 15

    Still, plenty of color peeping to be done. The whole state should be at peak, if not near the end of the peak. Get out there, Colorado.


    Oct. 22 to End of Season

    Absolute last chance. High elevations are past peak with the surrounding areas quickly approaching.