Fall Colors of Aspen

The slender, white-barked trees paint the Western mountains with their beautiful yellow, gold, orange, and red colors in the fall. Aspens glow in a patchwork quilt of these different hues, against a background of dark green conifers, gray and black rocks, wispy clouds, and deep blue skies. (See Why Leaves Change Color)

The fall colors of the aspens are very important to many communities in the West. Many tourists travel hundreds of miles to view the dazzling colors of the aspen groves.

Each aspen grove includes one or more aspen clones. The aspen trees of a particular clone will change color at the same time because they are genetically related. Autumn is the time to see where the different clones are located.

The Forest Service posts up-to-date information about fall colors during the season.

Enjoy the fall colors of aspen in our Photo Gallery.

Photo Gallery

Click the thumbnail images below to see larger images of the fall colors.

aspens displaying their fall colors.
Colorado. Photo by Andrew Kratz.

aspens displaying their fall colors.
Colorado. Photo by Andrew Kratz.

aspens displaying their fall colors.
Routt National Forest.

aspens displaying their fall colors.
Routt National Forest. Photo by Robin Lilly.

aspens displaying their fall colors.
Routt National Forest. Photo by Robin Lilly.

aspens displaying their fall colors.
Poudre River Canyon, Roosevelt National Forest.

aspens displaying their fall colors.
Poudre River Canyon, Roosevelt National Forest.

aspens displaying their fall colors.
Poudre River Canyon, Roosevelt National Forest.

aspens displaying their fall colors.
Colorado. Photo by G. Austin.

aspens displaying their fall colors.
Cove Mountain, Utah. Photo by B. Campbell.

aspens displaying their fall colors.
Mammoth Creek, Cedar City Ranger District, Dixie National Forest. Photo courtesy U.S. Forest Service.

aspens displaying their fall colors.
Fishlake National Forest. Photo by Mark Muir.

aspens displaying their fall colors.
Fishlake National Forest. Photo by B. Campbell.

aspens displaying their fall colors.
Fishlake National Forest. Photo by B. Campbell.

aspens displaying their fall colors.
Mount Timpanogos, Uinta National Forest. Photo by Robert Shorn.

aspens displaying their fall colors.
Utah. Photo by I. H. Johnson.

aspens displaying their fall colors.
Hope Valley, Alpine County, California. Photo by Linnea Hanson.

aspens displaying their fall colors.
Eagle Lake Ranger District, Lassen National Forest. Photo by T. Rickman.

aspens displaying their fall colors.
Eagle Lake Ranger District, Lassen National Forest. Photo by T. Rickman.

aspens displaying their fall colors.
Eagle Lake Ranger District, Lassen National Forest. Photo by T. Rickman.

aspens displaying their fall colors.
Crater Lake, Eagle Lake Ranger District, Lassen National Forest. Photo by T. Rickman.

aspens displaying their fall colors.
Crater Lake, Eagle Lake Ranger District, Lassen National Forest. Photo by T. Rickman.

aspens displaying their fall colors.
Crater Lake, Eagle Lake Ranger District, Lassen National Forest. Photo by T. Rickman.

aspens displaying their fall colors.
Bucks Lake, Plumas County, California. Photo by Linnea Hanson.

aspens displaying their fall colors.
Howland Flat, Plumas National Forest. Photo by Linnea Hanson.

aspens displaying their fall colors.
Feather River Ranger Districts, Plumas National Forest. Photo by Linnea Hanson.

aspens displaying their fall colors.
Feather River Ranger District, Plumas National Forest. Photo by Linnea Hanson.

aspens displaying their fall colors.
Bald Onion area, Feather River Ranger District, Plumas National Forest. Photo by Linnea Hanson.

aspens displaying their fall colors.
Grubbs Cow Camp, Plumas County, California. Photo by Linnea Hanson.

aspens displaying their fall colors.
Oroville-Quincy Highway, Plumas County, California. Photo by Linnea Hanson.

aspens displaying their fall colors.
Taylor Creek, Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit. Photo by Linnea Hanson.

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