Ouray Colorado Vacation Guide and Trip Planning Information for SW Colorado

Fall Foliage Update for October 2012 in Southwest Colorado

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Sat, Oct 06, 2012 @12:10 PM

Ouray Lodge works to give the most up to date Fall information!

september.2012.fall.colorsOctober is here, and the weather is still holding. The aspen trees are magnificent, even in areas where they have peaked and are now dopping leaves like the snow flakes soon to follow.

Every day, we at the Box Canyon Lodge try to get the most up to date information regarding where the leaves are at their best, and pass that information on to our guests. We also try to take drives ourselves, in order to have first hand knowledge to share with you, not to mention that we enjoy this time of year as well!

It is always a pleasure to hear from guests as they arrive at our doorstep of the fabulous colors the Aspens display. According to some folks who stayed with us earlier this week, the colors up on Owl Creek are pretty awesome on the Ridgway side. Great photo ops await!

september.2012.fall.colors.2The US forest Service is also a great resource, which we definately refer to as well.

The US Forest Service has issued the following status on foliage patterns for the San Juans.

Date: 10/03/12

Estimated Percentage of Current Fall Foliage:

Durango – 45% (90% oakbrush)
Purgatory - 95%
Molas - aspens - past peak
Silverton –  aspens - past peak

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

Pagosa / Wolf Creek Pass – 70% East Fork

Rico - 90%
Dolores – 45% (80% oakbrush)
Mancos – 75% (90% oakbrush)

Areas with Greatest Amount of Color / Recommended Viewing Areas:

Purgatory should be still good this week.
Mancos to Transfer is good this weekend. 
East Fork of the San Juan North of Pagosa Springs.
A little lower to see color this week, and it is changing fast.  Middle Mountain and Missionary Ridge aspens and oak going fast.

Estimated Peak Viewing Period:

Down from the passes this week will be good but will peak sometime soon.
Other passes/ high elevation aspen groves, currently have some good color but are passed prime.

Viewing Suggestions / Tips:

Plan on driving a bit to find the best spots.  Around 9000 feet in elevation.

Trees That Are Currently Turning Color:

Aspens, grasses and low scrub oak.
Oak turned early and fast this year.  It is good at the lower elevations where many trees have not started yet.

For More Information on Fall Colors Please Contact:

San Juan Public Lands Center, Durango (970) 247-4874

Welcome Fall with a trip through the most specatcular scenery, and make your home base the Box Canyon Lodge in Ouray. Relax in the soothing mineral hot springs after a day of exploring in the high country. Spend some time in the town itself, visit specialty shops second to none, and enjoy a marvelous dinner in one of the many dining extablishments on Main Street. Let us help make your Fall getaway the perfect adventure!


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