Every year, in mid-September, I begin keeping an eye on the weather in the San Juan National Forest of Southern Colorado. Tonight’s forecast in Durango is for rain. Silverton is expecting snow. And YES, that means the first frost will hit the aspens tonight. A safe bet for fall foliage changing color is to count ten days from today and get out as often as possible.
My favorite fall foliage photography locations:
- Near Durango, Colorado. I love to drive our nearby, backcountry roads. (photos below)
- The drive from Durango to Silverton, including the Pigeon and Turret Overlook, Durango Mountain Resort, and Lime Creek Road. (Potato Hill photo below)
- Shrine Road, northwest of Silverton
- Red Mountain Pass
- Dallas Divide
- Owl Creek Pass
- The West fork of the Dolores River to Dunton.
Stay Tuned. Follow me for updated Colorado Fall Foliage Report. The attached photos were taken in the fall of 2012.
- Fall Foliage Travel: When to Look for Leaves Around the Northwest (jaunted.com)
- Durango is home base for fall foliage in the San Juan Mountains (qualityinndurango.com)