Louisville, CO (September 4, 2018) — The aspens in Rocky Mountain National Park are turning golden early this year, and hikers are already enjoying them along trails from Glacier Gorge Trailhead. This year, Afield TrailsAfield Rocky Mountain app makes it very easy to find the fall color in the park: the interactive map highlights aspen groves in gold. The free app offers hikers and other park visitors a variety of unique tools for making the most of their visit with the help of their iOS or Android device.

“The park map shows the forests of the park, including the stands of aspen. Most of the year, they are shown in a similar green to the pine forests. However, for September and October, we’re turning them golden,” said Patrick Lacz, founder of Afield Trails.

Areas with aspen are colored gold; hikers decide just how far to go.

Areas with aspen are colored gold; hikers decide just how far to go.

The app, including the interactive map, is designed to be used while hiking and works without a signal. The map is based on the most recent vegetation inventory taken of the park. It powers many features of the app, which give the users insights into the species of flowers, trees, and wildlife along the trail system. The app also offers weekly hiking suggestions as well as giving a 0-to-9 rating for any hike based on the aspen viewing close to the trail route.

Rocky Mountain National Park is among the best sites in Colorado to see aspen leaves change. The Park boasts over 4,000 acres of aspen forest and a variety of elevations that offer cascading color throughout the fall foliage season. Beginning in September, hillsides erupt with tones of yellow, orange, and red as quaking aspens ditch their summer hues for their fall colors. Although they comprise only a fraction of Colorado’s landscape, aspen trees contribute outsized beauty to the mountain environment.

About Afield Trails

Afield Trails was created to provide scientific and historical insights to visitors while they are actually visiting a national park. Functioning completely offline and without a cell signal, Afield uses state-of-the-art mapping technology to generate relevant articles based on a user’s location to help them understand the environment underfoot—or overhead.