Let's talk about the quintessential Colorado tree. The beautiful aspen. We've named towns, streets, dogs—even our beer—after this glorious tree. In the summer, the aspens provide shade for our state flower, the columbine, and in the fall, Coloradoans rejoice when the aspen’s quaking leaves turn their vibrant shade of gold.
The month of September is the ideal time to witness this gilded spectacle, but you have to time it right—the color is fleering, lasting only about a week in most places. Unfortunately, it's difficult to predict when exactly the leaves will turn in any given location. The best strategy: select your travel dates in advance, but not your destination. Then go wherever the color is.