COLORADO WILDFLOWERS IN THEIR GLORY
Hundreds of species of wildflowers and more than 750 types of wildflowers are found in Colorado.
Because of the climate in Colorado, there are three seasons of the year that provide a fabulous palette of colors throughout the spring, summer, and fall. These seasons vary depending on temperature, elevation, and snowpack. Early season generally runs from late April through June at the lower elevations. Peak wildflower season is typically late June through August and can be viewed by driving and hiking in mid-range elevations. At the highest elevation, late summer season generally runs August through October. So you’re not too late to still come to Aspen and enjoy our fabulous mountain town and surrounding area. Please be sure and contact us at McCartney Property Management to pick out your perfect place to stay for your late summer, early fall vacation in Aspen.
If you are visiting Aspen, the very best way to get up close and personal with our wildflower population is by getting outside and going for a hike. One of the best resources in Aspen is the nonprofit environmental science education organization Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES) . ACES has special programs, lectures, workshops and events and happenings throughout the year for both kids and adults. The Aspen Chamber of Commerce will also have hiking suggestions, suggestions on how to explore the town and area, and will pull you into the ACES web link for hiking suggestions.
Or, explore the most popular wildflowers trails near Aspen with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions, reviews and photos from other hikers like you by downloading the AllTrails app to your phone or device.
But even if you are arriving in Aspen in late summer/early fall, you are not too late to enjoy Colorado’s colorful wildflower display. Even some easy trails are still providing wildflower color, such as the Maroon Bells Scenic Loop, and the moderate Crater Lake trail and Grizzly Lake trail. For the more adventurous, some of the hikes that will be peaking with wildflowers soon include the Lost Man Trail, West Maroon Trail, and the Conundrum Creek Trail. The Colorado Rocky Mountain Wildflower app can be downloaded onto your iOS device to help you differentiate types of flowers. The flower can be identified by shape and color from the database of more than 520 Colorado wildflower varieties.
And a couple of rules of the road on your search for wildflowers in the high country are: Don’t pick the flowers! And never try eating Colorado wildflowers! Some species can kill you or your four legged hiking companion. It is illegal to pick the wildflowers in all Colorado State Parks. Picking the native blooms can damage the ecosystem – by picking a wildflower you run the risk of depleting an area of a seed source. Colorado does have some wildflower species that are so rare they are protected. It’s always fun to have a field guide or a bloom list when out on a trail!