Ouray Colorado Vacation Guide and Trip Planning Information for SW Colorado

Fall Colors Begin in Ouray!

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Fri, Sep 23, 2016 @10:55 AM

At long last, the leaves are turning, and soon all of the San Juan Range will be a rainbow of fall colors!

fall_over_montrose2.jpgLast week, we took a short trip to thr front range, and were amazed at the beautiful fall colors. As we drove the scenic highway, we wondered what might be happening in Ouray. The closer we got to home, we were able to relax a bit, seeing less of the brilliant oranges and reds, which means there is still time before the colors reach their peak in the San Juans.

It seems as if Fall snuck up on us this year, the leaves gradually change from pale green and yellow, to striking shades of red and orange. Mingled among the evergreens, the extraordiray patchwork of colors seem to change moment to moment.

Based on the San Juan National Forest, as of September 23, 2016, prime leaf viewing is as follows:

fall_red_mtn_pass3-1.jpgEstimated Percentage of Current Fall Foliage:
Durango to Purgatory – 20%
Molas Pass - 25%
Silverton/Red Mtn Pass – 45% 
Pagosa – 20% up high
Dolores to Lizard Head Pass – 30% oak good, aspen starting to show
Mancos/La Platas – 35% starting to show up high
San Jun Skyway- 35% good oakbrush around Ouray


Areas with Greatest Amount of Color / Recommended Viewing Areas:
aspens at treeline oakbrush on the hillsides

Estimated Peak Viewing Period:
This coming weekend into next week...

Viewing Suggestions / Tips:
Oakbrush on the hill sides at lower elevation is turning fast.
Plan on higher elevations still this week for aspen.

backroaddriving5.jpgTrees That Are Currently Turning Color:
Oak Brush, then Aspen, then Cottonwoods.

Of course, at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs, we also keep close watch on the foliage around us, and love to hear from our guests regarding ideal viewing. After a day driving the scenic roads in and around Ouray, nothing quite compares to a soothing soak in our all natural mineral hot springs. Give us a call and let us help you plan your ideal fall escape!

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