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Colorado Peak Fall Colors

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Fall is now a week and a half away and the plants are getting geared up for the big change in color! Colorado is blessed with a gorgeous flowing landscape and when those aspens start turning, the view can be incredible. Here is a map that shows where and when the peak fall color changes usually start.

Up in the northern 5th of Colorado we usually start seeing things hit their peak autumn color starting this Friday the 15th through the 25th. If you want to get closer to home, we'll need to wait until the 25th of September through the 7th of October. A very neat and beautiful drive would be to Cripple Creek and back from the Springs! The last average peak color is in southern Colorado from October 8th through October 16th.

So why do the leaves change in the first place? Well the answer is pretty simple: as the days get shorter plants lose the sunlight they need to stay green! Plants produce a chemical called chlorophyl. Chlorophyl, a green chemical in plant leaves, is responsible for turning sunlight into food and energy in plants. When we move into Fall, plants do not get as much sunlight meaning they stop producing chlorophyl. As a result the leaves stop turning green and start turning Autumn red, yellow and brown as they die and get ready for Winter.

If you snap any good pictures of the Autumn leaves over the next few weeks be sure to share them on our KOAA facebook page!

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