GENESEE, Colo. (KDVR) – This year’s summer storms created prime conditions for fall colors in the high country. Monday marks the start of the final two weeks of prime leaf peeping, which is drawing thousands of drivers to mountainous areas along Interstate 70.
“We left Connecticut for this,” new resident John told FOX31.
The Colorado Department of Transportation is working to keep roads in good condition before the onset of winter, allowing highway work zones even on weekends.
“We’re checking on CDOT because we’re constantly aware of the construction on I-70,” said Shawn, who travels to the high country to admire the beauty of the aspen trees.
CDOT says getting off the highway can provide a better leaf-peeping experience.
The state has 26 scenic and historic byways that provide closer access to the colors of fall. You can find them on the cotrip.org website along with safety information, travel times and information about key attractions.
CDOT advises all leaf peepers to only park in designated areas, not on the side of the road, and drivers should be aware of pedestrians.
FOX31’s Pinpoint Weather team has created a fall color forecast based on local conditions and a map showing when and where peak colors can be seen.
If you get a chance to take a look at the leaves, FOX31 wants to share your photos online and on air. Submit photos here.
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