Fall Color Guide

 View of yelow aspen leaves looking up through the tree stems

Saguache Ranger District - Findley Gulch area, Golden yellow Aspen. Sept. 21, 2017


Date: 9/29/2020 - Happy fall ya'll! We are trying to update twice a week. Check back soon!

Fall colors along the Upper Rio Grande River and around the San Luis Valley are happening now! 

Rio Grande National Forest 2020 Fall colors by district

Conejos Peak District      2020 photos         2019 photos         2018 photos         2017 photos              

Divide District                  2020 photos         2019 photos         2018 photos         2017 photos       

Saguache District             2020 photos         2019 photos         2018 photos         2017 photos       

Recommended Viewing Areas - Updated Monday, September 29, 2020.

Hwy 17 over La Manga Pass

Foerst Service Road #250 near Platoro

Hwy 149 in the South Fork area

Highway 160 on the east side of Wolf Creek Pass

Highway 285 Saguache north to Poncha pass, good views of Sangre de Cristo and La Garita Mountains

Estimated Peak Viewing Period:

The fourth week of September is usually the best time for the higher elevations, above Creede and up river, and the first week of October for the rest of the forest this year.


Viewing Suggestions / Tips:

Trees That Are Currently Turning Color:

Why Do Leaves Change Color?

Rocky Mountain Region Fall Color page link