One of the wonderful annual delights in and around Boulder is the majestic display Colorado’s trees put on this time of year with the fall colors in the trees.
One of the most beautiful is the aspen trees seen in the high country – when yellow, golden leaves cover the sides of mountains and create awe-inspiring views. Some Colorado experts suggest that leaves may turn a bit later this year given the recent weather.
Aspen trees start to change as the daylight hours become numbered and as colder nights settle in. The area saw a hot August and later warm temps, so that could be affecting the late turn of leaves. The display of leaves could be heading back into another winter impacted by La Niña. The La Niña is impacted by tropical Pacific conditions that create cooler-than-average temps. That made the high country get a ton of snow, while Boulder was fairly dry but windy.
Experts from the University of Colorado at Boulder say the state could be headed into a double-dip La Niña. Traditionally, those second La Niña winters are drier than average. Such news may sadden those looking forwarding to skiing and snowboarding, while others may smile thinking they don’t have to shovel as much snow this winter.
Additionally, some of the coldest freezes have occurred in La Niña winters. It’s almost impossible to say with any certainty, but it could be on the horizon.
If you want to see beautiful fall colors close to Boulder you might try Caribou Ranch, which is north of Nederland. You can also see them from the Peak to Peak Highway that connects Estes Park to Nederland. Brainard Lake Recreation Area, which is near Ward.