Aspen is the world-renown ski resort but it is also one of the top family travel destinations all year round. In the fall, the Aspen grove gives spectacular display of stunning vibrant gold or fiery red colors. The town is named after the Aspen tree species Populus. The aspens are all native to cold regions with cool summers, in the north of the Northern Hemisphere, extending south at high altitudes in the mountains. They are all medium-sized deciduous trees reaching 15–30 m (49–98 ft) tall. Each individual tree can live for 40–150 years above ground, but the root system of the colony is long-lived. Due to its fast growing rate, Aspen trees are a popular choice in forestry. Aspen trees are not just giving us beautiful fall foliage colors to feed our eyes but also very useful in our daily lives. Do you know the most common use of Aspen trees is making matches and papers? The fall foliage season in Aspen is short. The leaf colors start changing in September. The peak time is beginning of October and by the end of the month most of the leaves are on the ground.