Current Status of Southwest Colorado Fall Foliage Near Ouray
The San Juan Skyway is an incredible Colorado Fall Foliage tour and typically drivers enjoy spectacular fall foliage from the middle of September until the middle of October. Aspen trees, glistening in bright yellow flank the roadway for most of the route. Pastoral ranchland with large baled hay, incredible fencelines and scrub oak add to the pristine appearance of the majority of this Scenic Drive.
For information on great Colorado Fall Foliage Scenic Drives and photos check out these other articles:
- Colorado Scenic Drives (Many are incredible during the autumn)
- Colorado Fall Foliage (Photos Near Ouray in Southwest Colorado
- Incredible Photo Locations for Fall Foliage in Southwest Colorado
- Fall Foliage Information for SW Colorado
- Million Dollar Highway between Ouray and Silverton (40% changed),
- Ophir Pass-4WD Road (between Silverton and Telluride, 20% changed - will peak next weekend),
- Dallas Divide (between Ridgway and Telluride, 10%, will be beautiful 1st week in October).
September 19, 2011
The fall foliage on Owl Creek Pass near the Cimarron Mountains still had not begun to turn. Owl Creek Pass is slightly higher than 10,000 ft. and about 14 miles east of Ridgway in Ouray County. We did find some signs of blight but, for the most part, the trees looked healthy. They just are a little late just like our summer flowers were in the San Juan high country.
September 11, 2011
The fall foliage between Ouray, Ridgway and Telluride has not really begun to change. Along the San Juan Skyway between these two incredibly scenic towns aspen red rock canyons and aspen trees provide beautiful scenery and grand vistas especially in the fall. In 2011, the summer started a bit late and the fall seems to be following suit.
The Dallas Divide was still green, aspens along Colorado 145 between Placerville and Telluride were still green. The only place where we detected any change in color was just beyond Mountain Village on the way to Ophir but nearly all the trees were green. Here are some photos:
Forest Service Road to Alta Lakes - Just the smallest little bit of leaf change and practically not noticeable.
Looking towards Mt. Wilson from the Scenic Overlook just before Ophir - These mountain vistas are covered with aspen trees and beautiful green coniferous trees and everything is perfectly green! Fall is approaching but it is a seemingly a late season this year.
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