Looking for something to do this weekend? Head up to the northwestern and central mountains for a glimpse of the leaves changing before they peak next weekend.
Peeping in Colorado
The fall foliage forecast in Colorado ranges from the start of September to the end of October.
For the best dates and areas, follow this map created by the FOX21 Weather team:
The website visitcos.com created a chart of when to track the colors of foliage in the Pikes Peak region for the coming weeks.
Across the Country
Slide the bar at the bottom of the map to see the progress of peak foliage across America.
Why do leaves change color?
According to NOAA, it all starts inside the leaf. In the summer, the leaves are green because it is making lots of chlorophyll, which helps plants make energy from sunlight. There are four main pigments in each leaf:
As the days begin to get shorter, the leaves begin to change because the leaves are producing less chlorophyll to prepare for winter. Once this happens, NOAA says the green colors begin to fade and the reds, oranges, and yellows become more visible.
NOAA says changes in local weather conditions can play a role in when leaves will change in your area. A drought or early frost can cause leaves to fall without having the chance to change colors.
The News 10 in Albany contributed to this report.