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: 10/28/21 - It has been a great season for colors on the Rio Grande! Most of the leaves are just about gone at this point. However, if you come across any good photo opportunities, we still welcome them!

Rio Grande National Forest - 2021 Fall colors by district

Conejos Peak District      2021 photos         2020 photos         2019 photos         2018 photos             

Divide District                  2021 photos         2020 photos         2019 photos         2018 photos    

Saguache District             2021 photos         2020 photos         2019 photos         2018 photos   

Recommended Viewing Areas - Updated - 

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