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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.

  • Peak-to-Peak Scenic Byway (between Nederland and Estes Park) on Hwys 72 and 7
  • West and north of Nederland area
  • Upper Poudre Canyon - Rustic up to Chambers Pass on Hwy 14
  • CO Hwy 125 and Hwy 34 (west of Rocky Mountain NP), Cottonwood Pass, Stillwater Pass, Meadow Creek and Rollins Pass
  • CO Hwy 103 and Hwy 5 (Mount Evans Scenic Byway) and Guanella Pass
  • Laramie River Road (CR103)

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

The Uncompahgre Plateau has had recent snow which has finished fall color viewing in that area. Some other areas in the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison NF to check out are:

  • Last Dollar at Alder Creek
  • Norwood/Miramonte Reservoir area
  • Nucla/Naturita

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

Routt NF: Located in north-central Colorado.

  • Fox Park
  • Lake Owen
  • Chimney Park
  • Platte River Wilderness

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.

Western Side:

  • French Creek Picnic Ground (east of Fairburn, SD)

Pine Ridge Ranger District

  • West Ash area
  • Cliffs area - Turn on the Job Corps bypass Road off of Hwy 385, then take Forest Service (FS) Road 717 for about a mile then turn north on FS Road 718 approximately 2 miles, at the junction of 718, 720 and 723. Take FS Road 723 all the way to the Cliffs.
  • A great drive can be had by heading up State Spur 86B

Fort Pierre National Grassland

  • Richland Wildlife area

SOUTH DAKOTA

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

Mystic Ranger District

  • Deerfield area

Northern Hills Ranger District

  • Spearfish Canyon (Highway 14a)
  • Cement Ridge Lookout Tower
  • Vanocker Canyon (Forest Highway 26)
  • Tinton Road (Forest Road 134)
  • Custer Peak Lookout Tower

Buffalo Gap and Fort Pierre NGs: Located in central and western South Dakota.

Western Side:

  • French Creek Picnic Ground (east of Fairburn, SD)

Pine Ridge Ranger District

  • West Ash area
  • Cliffs area - Turn on the Job Corps bypass Road off of Hwy 385, then take Forest Service (FS) Road 717 for about a mile then turn north on FS Road 718 approximately 2 miles, at the junction of 718, 720 and 723. Take FS Road 723 all the way to the Cliffs.
  • A great drive can be had by heading up State Spur 86B

Fort Pierre National Grassland

  • Richland Wildlife area

WYOMING

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

  • What fall color remains can be found at lower elevations.

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

Mystic Ranger District

  • Deerfield area

Northern Hills Ranger District

  • Spearfish Canyon (Highway 14a)
  • Cement Ridge Lookout Tower
  • Vanocker Canyon (Forest Highway 26)
  • Tinton Road (Forest Road 134)
  • Custer Peak Lookout Tower

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

  • Fox Park
  • Lake Owen
  • Chimney Park
  • Platte River Wilderness

Shoshone NF: Located in central Wyoming.

  • No report available

Other 2006 Fall Color Reports

 

Fall color on the White River National Forest.

Fall color photo from the Bighorn National Forest.

Fall color on the Uncompahgre National Forest.

Fall color on the Rio Grande National Forest.

Photo from the San Juan National Forest.

Fall color on the Arapaho National Forest.

Fall color giving way to early winter on the White River National Forest.

Fall colors on the Medicine Bow National Forest.

Fall color on the White River National Forest.

Photo of fall colors on the Rio Grande National Forest.

Great color on the Medicine Bow National Forest.

Fall leaves on the Uncompahre National Forest.

Maroon Bells fall color on the White River National Forest.

Fall colors on the Uncompahgre National Forest.

Fall color on the White River National Forest.

Fall colors on the Uncompahgre National Forest.

Fall colors on the Rio Grande National Forest.

Fall colors on the Rio Grande National Forest.

Fall colors on the White River National Forest.

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