Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 23, 2013

San Juan National Forest Fall Color 9/23/13

San Juan National Forest has a new fall color update for 9/23/13

Estimated Percentage of Current Fall Foliage:

  • Durango – 0%
  • Molas Pass – 15%
  • Silverton/Red Mountain Pass – 25% aspens
  • Pagosa – 5%
  • Dolores/Rico – 5%
  • Mancos – 0%

Areas with Greatest Amount of Color / Recommended Viewing Areas:

  • The best area right now would be the alpine loop on the Lake City side.  They are at 40+%.
  • Reports so far elsewhere are just a touch in most places.

Next weekend (Sept. 28-29) should be better…

Silverton/Lake City/Red Mountain Pass areas and above. 10,000 to 12,000 feet should be getting good.

Estimated Peak Viewing Period:

  • High country this week and next weekend (Sept 21-22).
  • Other passes/ high elevation aspen groves.

Viewing Suggestions / Tips: 4WD in Silverton and the alpine loop. Lake City to Creede.

Trees That Are Currently Turning Color: Aspens, grasses, willows 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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