The peak wildflower blooms on our forest generally occur about the middle of July each summer. The mountain passes (Ophir, Imogene, Engineer and Cinnamon) are outstanding routes to get up high and enjoy the lush and colorful landscapes. For the more ambitious and hardier visitor, there are many miles of hiking or biking trails that lead alongside some breathtaking meadows full of columbine, paintbrush, fireweed, delphiniums, mountain bluebells and more.
Celebrating Wildflowers is a National Forest Service website dedicated to the enjoyment of the thousands of wildlfowers growing on our national forests and grasslands, and to educating the public about the many values of native plants.
A few of our popular viewing areas and hiking trails-
Hope Lake - 6 miles out and back, south of Telluride
US Basin - east side of Red Mountain Pass near Ouray
Lizard Head - Wilson Meadows - 5 miles out and back, trailhead at Lizard Head Pass parking lot, south of Telluride
Bilk Creek Upper Falls - 7 miles out and back, trailhead is off Sunshine Mesa Road, near Telluride.
Bear Creek Falls - 4.5 miles out and back , south on Pine Street in Telluride
Lower Blue Lake - 6.6 miles out and back, trailhead at the end of Dallas Creek Road (CR 7/FR 851 ) west of Ridgway on CO 62.
Wetterhorn Basin Trail from West Fork Cimarron River - 6.2 miles out and back, US 550 near Ridgway- take Owl Creek Pass Road, turn right (south) on West Fork Cimarron Rd (FR 860)
Copper Creek - trailhead north of Crested Butte and Gothic off (FR 317)
Rustlers Gulch - trailhead north of Crested Butte and Gothic off (FR 317)
Oh-Be Joyful Trail (#836) - off FR 754 from CR 734, north of Crested Butte