Posted by: Sandy Steinman | October 3, 2011

San Juan Nat. Forest Fall Color Report

San Juan National Forest most recent fall color report: 9/30/11 2011 FALL COLOR REPORT

Estimated Percentage of Current Fall Foliage: Durango/Missionary Ridge/Purgatory – 50% Molas Pass – 85% Silverton – 100% aspens Lake City – 95% Ouray/RedMtn – 70% Pagosa – 35% aspen, 50% oak Dolores/Rico – 40% aspen Mancos – 25% aspens

Areas with Greatest Amount of Color / Recommended Viewing Areas: Silverton area and above to Lake City should be peaked. Coal Bank to Molas to Silverton should be great for the weekend. Oakbrush in the river valleys seems to have stalled but the trees are catching up.

Estimated Peak Viewing Period: Highest country will be peak this week sometime. Molas Pass is getting close to peak.

Viewing Suggestions / Tips: Silverton is great but may be on the decline by this weekend. Other areas and passes are behind but are getting better by the day. Lizard Head, Red Mountain and Wolf Creek Passes are still to come.

Trees That Are Currently Turning Color: Aspens, grasses and low scrub oak.

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


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