On my weekend adventures, I couldn’t help but notice some of the aspens are definitely beginning to change. The little splashes of red and yellow amidst the green is always something I greet with both awe and a little nostalgia, knowing that soon the snow will begin and winter will spread a blanket of white across the landscape. The day before yesterday, driving Owl Creek, there was also a little bit of change, but far more green still to be seen.
As we all know, there is no way to predict exactly when the colors will start or end – it is all based on weather. This summer, although beautiful, was pretty dry, and the little cold front that came through the western slope last week put a little more stress on the trees, resulting in some actually just shedding all of their leaves. Of course, the green still prevails, and in the next weeks, we can look forward to another fantastic Fall Season!
According to the San Juan National Forest, the colors are as follows:
Date: September 7, 2018
Estimated Percentage of Current Fall Foliage:
Durango to Purgatory – 5%
Molas Pass – 10%
Silverton/Red Mtn Pass – 10%
Pagosa – 5%
Dolores to Lizard Head Pass – 5%
Mancos/La Platas – 5%
Ouray to Telluride – 5%
Areas with Greatest Amount of Color / Recommended Viewing Areas:
Oak brush beginning to change at the 6500-7500 ft elevations.
Bits of color and shade change in the Molas Pass and Silverton areas.
Estimated Peak Viewing Period:
Another week at least.
Viewing Suggestions / Tips:
Don’t expect much yet, but a lot of leaves beginning to yellow.
Trees That Are Currently Turning Color:
Oak Brush low and Tundra up high. Aspens getting started.
For More Information on Fall Colors Please Contact:
San Juan Public Lands Center, Durango (970) 247-4874