Fall Color Report 2018

San Juan National Forest Fall Color Report

 Stoner Mesa Aspens


Date: September 17, 2018

Estimated Percentage of Current Fall Foliage:

Durango to Purgatory - 40%
Missionary Ridge - 50%
Molas Pass/Coal Bank - 80%
Silverton/Red Mtn Pass – 75%
Pagosa - 20%
Dolores to Lizard Head Pass – 25%
Mancos/La Platas – 20% 
Ouray to Telluride - 20%


Areas with Greatest Amount of Color / Recommended Viewing Areas:

Oak brush looking good in most areas.

Best right now in the Molas Pass and Silverton areas and peaking by there early this week.

Estimated Peak Viewing Period:

Next week we could see some peak colors in some areas.

Viewing Suggestions / Tips:

Aim for the high percentage areas for the best photography.

Trees That Are Currently Turning Color:

Oak Brush changing early and good.  Aspens good and changing fast.

For More Information on Fall Colors Please Contact:

San Juan Public Lands Center, Durango (970) 247-4874


Why Do Leaves Change Color?

Rocky Mountain Region Fall Color page link