The US Forest Service has issued the following status on foliage patterns for SW Colorado.
Week of September 20- approaching peak colors for aspens; Oakbrush and other shrubs at lower elevations are peak now.
COLLBRAN AREA: Aspens 40% changed and changing fast. The oak brush and service berries, etc. are yellow and orange. The narrow-leaf cottonwoods are bright yellow around Hightower Mountain. .
CRESTED BUTTE: Aspens 40 % changed. Peak will be September 22-29.
GRAND MESA: Apens 30-40% changed. Week of September 20 will be almost prime for aspen, and peak for the red vaccinium (small ground shrub on top of mesa) and very good for lower elevation serviceberry.
KEBLER PASS: Aspens 30- 40% changed.
LAKE CITY: Peak right now
MCCLURE PASS : Aspens 40-50 % changed and changing fast.
OWL CREEK PASS: Aspens 30% changed. Oakbrush at lower elevations are peak.
NORWOOD: Aspens 30-40 % changed. Oakbrush at lower elevations are peak.
RED MOUNTAIN PASS: Aspens 30- 40% changed. Oakbrush at lower elevations are peak.