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Ouray Colorado : Fall Foliage in the San Juan Mountains

Posted by Karen Avery on Sun, Sep 19, 2010 @10:18 PM

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2011 Fall Foliage Update


2010 Fall Foliage Update

Fall foliage season in the San Juan Mountains near Ouray seems to be early this year.  The aspens glisten with a beautiful mixture of both yellow and green leaves.  The weather along the Million Dollar Highway has been fantastic; with little wind, the leaves remain.

At Crystal Lake along US Highway 550 near Ironton, the reflections have been excellent and you can capture a stunning image with Red Mountain 1 & 2 as well as the mountain flora.  This morning, we found frost on the grasses close to the lake so be sure to bring your gloves and coats if you want those pictures.  If you are happy with afternoon sun, then, just bring sunscreen!  Continue your journey towards Silverton and you will see even more foliage.  There are lovely orangey aspens as you near town.  Silverton is nearing its peak.  However, other grand stands of aspens are just as green as ever south of Silverton. 

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