September has given us a magnificent fall!

As the trees continue to change, and the evenings become more chilly,  it is easy to be overwhelmed by the beauty of the San Juans.

Now is the perfect time to take a drive from Ouray to Silverton or Durango! The scenery is always breathtaking, however, as the Fall leaf colors reach their peak, it is as if you are transported into a fantasy world of swirling leaves and spectacular beauty.

According to the USDA Forest Service color update, the colors are as follows:

Date: September 25, 2018

Estimated Percentage of Current Fall Foliage:

Durango to Purgatory – 80%
Missionary Ridge – 70%
Molas Pass/Coal Bank – 95-past%
Silverton/Red Mtn Pass – 95-past%
Pagosa – 45%
Dolores to Lizard Head Pass – 70%
Mancos/La Platas – 40% 
Ouray to Telluride – 65%

Areas with Greatest Amount of Color / Recommended Viewing Areas:
The west side is getting better with Lizard Head Pass area peaking soon.
Estimated Peak Viewing Period:
This 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.
 

 

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