fall colors

A Wet Summer Bodes Well for a Colorful Fall at Guadalupe Mountains

September 23, 2021 | By

Where to See Fall Foliage in Texas

October 13, 2020 | By Gary Borders

Tired of being cooped up in the house and looking for a safe diversion during these pandemic times?

My Favorite Texas Trip: Nature’s Gifts in Lost Maples State Natural Area

August 5, 2020 | By Tyson Bird

There were a few things I expected to give up when I moved from chilly Idaho to sunny Texas: excellent hiking, fun state parks, and abundant fall colors.

4 Must-See Fall Foliage Spots in Texas

September 18, 2017 | By Melissa Gaskill

Fall color takes the right kind of trees, meaning deciduous hardwoods. These types of trees practice a sort of winter hibernation, turning off production of chlorophylls, a green pigment in the leaves responsible for producing energy for the tree. Without that green, other leaf pigments become visible, including yellow xanthophyll and orange carotenoids, or the leaf turns shades of brown. Some of the best color comes from Texas red oaks and other oaks, flameleaf sumac, cedar elm, cottonwoods, walnut, sycamore, and, of course, maples—all trees found only in certain parts of the state, at least in any significant numbers.

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