Every day, it seems as if Mother Nature has gone to new extremes. Add snow to the mountain peaks, and the pallete of Fall becomes more beautiful with every turn.
Despite the cooler weather and snow in the high country, a scenic drive over the Million Dollar Highway, or any scenic byway still promises a rainbow of reds and golds! Don't miss out on the last bit of color in the San Juans as we ready ourselves for winter.
In addition to first hand information from our guests, we also check the National Forest Service website for up to date information on the colors.
As of October 6, 2016 - the San Juan Forest looks like this:
Estimated Percentage of Current Fall Foliage:
Durango to Purgatory – 85%
Molas Pass - a bit passed peak
Silverton/Red Mtn Pass – a bit passed peak
Pagosa – 80%
Dolores to Lizard Head Pass – a bit passed peak
Mancos/La Platas – a bit passed peak
San Juan Skyway- a bit passed peak
Areas with Greatest Amount of Color / Recommended Viewing Areas:
Purgatory and Pagosa.
Estimated Peak Viewing Period:
Most places are past peak and losing leaves.
Viewing Suggestions / Tips:
Past peak doesn't mean bad. Still great, just starting to fall.
Good clear weather for exploring should last until Sunday.
Trees That Are Currently Turning Color:
Oak Brush, then Aspen, then Cottonwoods.
Please contact us at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs for up to date information on fall colors in the Ouray area.