The Leaves, They Are Changin’
In the fall, New Mexicans and their visitors rejoice as the aspen’s quaking leaves turn their vibrant shade of gold.
Now is the ideal time to witness this gilded spectacle throughout New Mexico’s high country, but you’d better get on your horse because timing is everything — the color is fleeting, lasting only about a week in most places.
Unfortunately, it's difficult to predict when exactly the leaves will turn in any given location. The best strategy: select your travel dates in advance, but not your destination. Then go wherever the color is.
The Carson National Forest predicts fall colors will peak early this year, around the first week in October. Some aspen leaves are already turning red. The lack of moisture combined with early frosts in the high country are pushing the change.
We’ve included a few road-tripping routes below that have become fall-color pilgrimages for aspen lovers, but if you’re favorite jaunt is not included, be grateful: You’ll have it all to yourself.