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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | October 9, 2012

San Juan National Forest Fall Color Update 10/9/12

San Juan National Forest just published a new fall color report. Colors are changing fast.

Estimated Percentage of Current Fall Foliage:

Durango – 85% (90% oakbrush)
Purgatory – past peak
Molas – aspens – past peak
Silverton –  aspens – past peak

Red Mountain Pass – past peak
Dallas Divide / Telluride – 90%

Pagosa / Wolf Creek Pass – 85%
Rico – past peak
Dolores – 75% (80% oakbrush)
Mancos and above – past peak

Areas with Greatest Amount of Color / Recommended Viewing Areas: Most of the big aspen groves are past peak but there are still small good pockets of color everywhere. River valleys have some good Cottonwood color down toward New Mexico.  The La Plata, Animas, and San Juan are good targets.

Estimated Peak Viewing Period: This week look for small color pockets and river valleys.

Viewing Suggestions / Tips: Plan on driving a bit to find the best spots.  Around 7000 feet in elevation.

Trees That Are Currently Turning Color: Cottonwoods, and a few late aspen.

For More Information on Fall Colors Please Contact: San Juan Public Lands Center, Durango (970) 247-4874

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