Fall Color Report 2013

San Juan National Forest

 Animas Forks Aspens and Snow

Date: 9/30/13

Estimated Percentage of Current Fall Foliage:
Durango – 15%
Molas Pass - 25%
Silverton/Red Mountain Pass – 65% aspens
Pagosa – 15%
Dolores/Rico – 10% aspens, 50% cottonwoods
Mancos – 5%

Areas with Greatest Amount of Color / Recommended Viewing Areas:
The best area right now would be Red Mountain Pass, north side into Ouray, and the alpine loop on the Lake City side.  Dallas Divide between Ridgeway and Telluride.

10,000 to 12,000 feet should be changing fast, especially north aspects.
Dolores River valley improving quickly.

Estimated Peak Viewing Period:
High country this week and next weekend.
Other passes/ high elevation aspen groves.

Viewing Suggestions / Tips:
4WD in Silverton and the alpine loop. Lake City to Creede.  North side of Red Mountain Pass

Trees That Are Currently Turning Color:
Aspens, grasses, willows and low scrub oak.

For More Information on Fall Colors Please Contact:
San Juan Public Lands Center, Durango (970) 247-4874

Rocky Mountain Region Fall Color page link
National Forest Service Color Finder page link