Fall Color Guide

Fall colors in Papoose Fire area

Divide Ranger District FSR 520, Papoose burn area, Golden yellow Aspen, photo taken Sept. 8, 2018 by Mike Blakeman

Date: 10/12/18  Cottonwood trees in the lower elevtions are turning yellow, Aspen trees in the area are almost all turned color and the leaves are falling. Trees at higher elvations have lost their leaves and the mountains have snow on them.

Estimated Percentage of Current Fall Foliage:
Conejos Peak District - %        2018 photos          2017 photos      
       Alamosa Canyon -   100%
       Conejos Canyon –   100%  
       Cumbres Pass –       100%        

Divide District - %                     2018 photos         2017 photos       
       Creede to Spring Creek Pass - about 100% most trees have lost their leaves 
       Wolf Creek Pass – 100%

Saguache District – %               2018 photos           2017 photos       
       Cochetopa Pass -    80 - 90%
       Poncha Pass -         80%
       Sangre de Cristos –80%

Areas with Greatest Amount of Color / Recommended Viewing Areas:
Hwy 149 South Fork area

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

Hwy 160 lower elevations

Estimated Peak Viewing Period:
The third week of September is usually the best time for the higher elevations, above Creede and up river, and the fourth week for the rest of the forest.

Viewing Suggestions / Tips:

Trees That Are Currently Turning Color:

Why Do Leaves Change Color?

Rocky Mountain Region Fall Color page link