2023 Crested Butte Fall Color Updates

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When is peak foliage? More than the general area of Colorado or even a mountain range, it really depends on the specific valley and elevation. Bookmark this page for regular updates so you know exactly when and where to go for the best fall colors in Crested Butte starting mid-September. Now get out and enjoy some leaf-peeping.

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Updated - 9/20/23

Intermittent patches of bright yellow can now be spotted in most valley. The large hillsides of aspens are just starting to change and this weekend should be pretty good for many spots. We're still at least a week out from peak colors in areas, except for Slate River Valley north slopes.

Location StatusRecommended Trails
Around TownMany spots are turning yellow nowUpper Loop
Slate River ValleyNorth hillsides are not far from peak color alreadyLower Loop
Gothic ValleyJust Getting StartedJudd Falls
Kebler Pass GreenThree Lakes Loop
Ohio PassGreenBeaver Ponds
Brush CreekMostly GreenStrand Hill
Cement CreekJust Getting StartedCaves Trail
Washington GulchLarge Patch of Yellow by Gothic MtnLong Lake


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