Posted by: Sandy Steinman | October 3, 2012

New Mexico Fall Color

submitted by Jackson Frishman

As of Saturday morning, Hamilton Mesa and the upper Pecos valley were substantially colored but with a good ways to go, maybe ~40%. This week and coming weekend should be very nice up there. More or less the same was true of Cruces Basin and the Tusas mountains on the Colorado border …: a lot of great looking stands, with a lot of orange and red, but a lot of green remaining too. The oaks and understory in both the Pecos and the Tusas especially along Hwy 64 looked fantastic.

The northern Jemez had some nice stands this weekend, but more green and somewhat duller aspens than the Tusas or Sangres. Cottonwoods in the Chama valley were barely beginning, 10% at most. The west slopes of the Sangres I only saw from a distance, but they look to be at or passing peak color. There will still be nice trees for another week or so, but the higher elevation stands are starting to get bare.

To see photos go to  New Mexico Fall 2012 Update « Crest, Cliff & Canyon.

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