Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 21, 2012

Rio Grande National Forest Fall Color Report 9/20/12

Rio Grande National Forest  posted the following fall color report

Saguache Ranger District:

September 20, 2012 – Colors have changed about 90% on the mountains of the Northern Rio Grande Forest, Bonanza area. Carnero Pass, the Aspen are at their peak color now.

Suggest fall color viewing routes: State Hwy 114 west from Saguache over North Pass. County road 41G (Carnero Creek Road) travel west of Saguache 14.5 miles on State Hwy 114 to turn off, travel south.

Divide Ranger District:

September 14th, 2012 – Above Creede colors have changed about 85%.  Colors visible from Del Norte have changed about 25%

Suggested fall color viewing routes: Silver Thread Byway (State Hwy 149 from Creede to Lake City)South from Del Norte, County road 14 (FR 330),  to forest road 336 to 360, or FR 330 to 380 (Park Creek Rd), then north to Hwy 160

Conejos Peak Ranger District:

September 12, 2012, estimated color change below 9500 ft. elev. is 15-25%.  About 30-70% above 9500 ft.

Suggested fall color viewing routes: FDR 250 up both the Alamosa and Conejos Canyons.  Cumbres Pass on State Hwy 17 is another good option

To see photos and links to photo galleries go to: Rio Grande National Forest


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