Fall colors are starting

     colorful hillside















Fall color viewing safety tips:

  • For fewer crowds, avoid weekends. Be patient and expect slow traffic, especially on Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Check the weather forecast.
  • Have a full tank of gas, snacks, water, camera, binoculars and a good map. Cell phone coverage is not reliable.
  • Bring a sweater and rain jacket. Temperatures can change quickly at high elevation especially in the afternoons. Afternoon thunderstorms are common.
  • Mornings are best for photography. Dramatic lighting occurs soon after dawn.
  • Observe the rules of the roads such as posted speed limits and no passing zones. Watch for pedestrians and wildlife.
  • Exercise caution while driving, when pulling off and onto the main roadways.
  • Park your vehicle in designated parking/rest areas. Do not impede traffic or block gates. Do not stop in the middle of the road to take photos.
  • Follow us on Facebook and twitter (@usfsarp and @usfsclrd) to see the latest in fall colors
  • Have fun and stay safe!

Here are some locations you may see Fall colors:

Boulder Ranger District:

  • Peak to Peak Highway: Nederland to Ward
  • Town of Eldora area and trails west of Hessie
  • County Road 16 west from Rollinsville through Tolland
  • Rainbow Lakes Road
  • First portion of the South St Vrain Trail
  • Sourdough Trail north from the Brainard Lake Road

Canyon Lakes Ranger District:

Clear Creek Ranger District:

  • Valley on Hwy 103: Old Chicago entry to Echo lake
  • Lower Guanella Pass
  • Fall River Road
  • Berthoud Pass

Sulphur Ranger District:

Please note that parts of the Sulphur Ranger District are closed due to the Williams Fork Fire and area closure

  • U.S. Highway 34: Granby to Grand Lake and Rocky Mountain National Park
  • U.S. Highway 40: between Berthoud Pass and Kremmling
  • County Road 55: Cottonwood Pass
  • County Road 6: National Forest System Road 125 (also known as Arapaho Bay Road) between Hwy 34 and Monarch Lake
  • Colorado Highway 125: between Granby, Windy Gap Reservoir and Willow Creek Pass
  • Stillwater Pass (National Forest System Road 123
  • County Road 1 (aka Trough Road) off Colorado Hwy 9 to State Bridge (CO Hwy 134)
  • Gore Pass (Colo Hwy 134)

Pawnee National Grassland:

  • Grasses and shrubs also change color in the fall throughout the Pawnee.


 Yellow bruch shows signs on fall on the Pawnee