Dusting of snow on the Divide

Escape to Winter Park CO to see the fall colors!

Escape to Winter Park CO to see the fall colors!

It’s fall in the mountains, cooler temps, leaves changing colors to provide spectacular scenery.  Don’t miss out on your chance to experience this great time of the year and see the fall colors.

Colorful fall aspen forest

Colorful Fall aspen forest in the Colorado Rocky Mountains

Ever wonder why do leaves change color?  To understand all of this chemistry, the basics start with the leaves themselves.  Leaves are nature’s food factories.  Plants take water from the ground through their roots, they expel carbon dioxide from the air, then plants use sunlight to turn water and carbon dioxide into oxygen and glucose.  Plants use glucose as energy; the complete process is called photosynthesis.  The chemical chlorophyll helps in the process and gives plants their green color.

Once autumn comes and the days get shorter and this is how plants know how to get ready for winter.  When the green colors fade away, we begin to see the colors.  A small amount of these colors have been in the leaves the entire growing time, but we are unable to see them as they are covered up by the green chlorophyll.

Three factors influence the leaf color pigments, length of night and weather.  In additional to the chlorophyll that provides the green colorant, Carotenoids produce the yellow, orange and brown; and Anthocyanins provide the reds, purples and provide the colors in cranberries, red apples, concord grapes and blueberries.

One the leaves have fallen off the trees, they decompose and restock the soil with nutrients and make up part of the spongy humus layer of the forest floor.

Elk grazing in a meadow

Elk grazing in a meadow

There are several short hikes, mountain biking trails and drives that can be found in the Winter Park and Grand County.  Rocky Mountain National Park is only a 45 minute drive from Winter Park to the Grand Lake entrance and the annual elk bugling season is under way – if you haven’t experienced this annual event, add it to your “to do list”!

September is usually a quieter time in the Winter Park area and many business in town offer great deals for happy hour, fishing tours, hot air balloon rides, horse back riding, spas and massages, shop at one of the specialty shops in downtown or  fall golfing specials at Pole Creek Golf Club.

Fall golfing at Pole Creek

Fall golfing at Pole Creek

 

Our large vacation rental inventory has plenty to offer too!  Choose one of our Premier Properties – big screen HDTVs to watch football, gourmet kitchens for easy meal preparation and private hot tubs to relax in.  Need something family friendly?  We have many condo rentals that offer a clubhouse with indoor pool, hot tubs and game rooms.  Park and stay – book one of our many town home rentals in downtown where you can park the car and walk to all activities, restaurants and shops.

Stay Winter Park has great lodging deals so you can stay longer and enjoy all fall activities and scenery.

Call us today at 1-800-215-6535 or book online today!

Powder in the trees

Powder in the trees

If fall isn’t what you are waiting for – we have wonderful early ski season specials too!  The Continental Divide got its 6th dusting of snow in the last month – start planning now for what looks to be an EPIC ski season.