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Rocky Mountain Region

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Leaf Changing Color Rocky Mountain Region 2006 Fall Color Report

National Fall Color Report Website

National Fall Color Hotline Report: 1 800-354-4595

 

The Rocky Mountain Region manages 17 National Forests (NF) and 7 National Grasslands (NG) throughout Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, and most of Wyoming.

Throughout the Rocky Mountain Region, hints of things to come can be found in the high country. The careful viewer can spot many of the signs of the impending color change.

With favorable weather conditions, the color should continue to intensify during the next 3 weeks. With even a little more luck from the weather, there could be good color into the second week of October in some areas.

This page will be updated weekly with reports from each of the National Forests in the Rocky Mountain Region. You will be able to get more information about each Forest by clicking on the Forest name below and you will be taken to that Forest's report page. You can click on the link above for the National Fall Color Report Web site to see reports from other parts of the country that are entering their fall color season. To listen to the National Fall Color Hotline Report, click on the link above and follow the directions to hear an audio report of fall color conditions across the country.

Bring a camera! Be prepared for variable driving conditions. Carry some water with you and bring extra clothing and rain-snow gear as temperatures can vary between 30-60 degrees depending on time of day and elevation.

Link to R2 Conditions- Click HERE for current information such as road conditions, fire restrictions, safety information, etc.

 

HUNTING SEASON IS IN FULL SWING!
BE AWARE AND BE VISIBLE WHILE VISITING
THE BACKCOUNTY!

 

Select a forest below to view their report

COLORADO

Arapaho-Roosevelt NFs and Pawnee NG: Located in north-central Colorado.

  • No report available

Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre & Gunnison NFs: Located in the central and southern Rockies along the Western Slope of Colorado.

  • No report available

Routt NF: Located in north-central Colorado.

  • No report available

Pike-San Isabel NFs and Cimarron NG: Located in central to southern Colorado and southwestern Kansas.

  • No report available

Rio Grande NF: Located in southwestern Colorado.

  • Color is good in the southern part of the Conejos Ranger District between 7,800 feet and 10,250 feet in elevation

San Juan NF: Located in the southwestern corner of Colorado.

  • Red Mountain and Molas Pass on Colorado Hwy 550 north of Durango
  • Slumgullion Pass on Colorado Hwy 149 just south of Lake City
  • Cumbres Pass on Colorado Hwy 17 from Chama, NM

White River NF: Located in central Colorado.

  • No report available

KANSAS

Comanche NG: Located in southwestern Kansas.

  • No report available

NEBRASKA

Nebraska NF, Samuel R. McKelvie NF and Oglala NG: Located in central and western Nebraska.

  • Some great color can be seen at the French Creek Campground (east of Fairburn, SD)
  • In the Bessey Ranger District, there is good color in and around the Bessey Nursery and toward the northern part of the District

SOUTH DAKOTA

Black Hills NF: Located in southwestern South Dakota and northeastern Wyoming.

  • No report available

Buffalo Gap NG: Located in central and western South Dakota.

  • Some great color can be seen at the French Creek Campground (east of Fairburn, SD)
  • In the Bessey Ranger District, there is good color in and around the Bessey Nursery and toward the northern part of the District

WYOMING

Bighorn NF: Located in north-central Wyoming along the Montana border.

  • No report available

Black Hills NF: Located in southwestern South Dakota and northeastern Wyoming.

  • No report available

Medicine Bow NF and Thunder Basin NG: Located in central Wyoming.

  • No report available

Shoshone NF: Located in central Wyoming.

  • No report available

Other 2006 Fall Color Reports

 

Fall color on the San Isabel National Forest.

Photo from Rio Grande National Forest.

Photo of Buffalo Mountain located in the White River National Forest.

Photo from Rio Grande National Forest.

Photo of the Mt. Roosevelt area located in the Black Hills National Forest.

Photo from Rio Grande National Forest.

Photo of Peak One and the Tenmile range in the White River National Forest.

Fall colors near Como Creek on the Arapaho National Forest.

Fall color on the White River National Forest.

Early fall color on the San Juan National Forest.

Fall color on the Rio Grande National Forest.

Fall color on the Uncompahgre National Forest.

Fall color on the Bighorn National Forest.

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