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Today I drove along CR265 from Paonia. I did not go all the way (read on); turned south on CR701 and returned back to Paonia for lunch and then on to Ridgway from where I'm writing this report.

Basically, the colours are mostly brown or green. Not sure what will happen to those greens and I'm no expert but I saw many half brown/half green trees, which is not a good sign. There were still some nice patches and I did take a few closeups and abstracts here and there, but if you're heading there for the foliage colours and are
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Hey Joe,

Thanks for the update. Since you will be around Ridgway, can you take a photo from the Dallas Divide? It sounds like the color may be "over" there, but what exactly is "over"? If you can't upload it here from your phone, let me know, I will send you my cell # and maybe you can text me a shot from there.

Thanks,

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Oct 07, 2013 at 05:43 AM
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p.7 #2 · Colorado Fall Color Reports


Also, Maroon Bells? Anyone braved the 6 mile hike after the snow? If so, what's left of the color there?

Jim



Oct 07, 2013 at 05:43 AM
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Hi Jim,

PM me your cell phone number and I'll text you a photo or two from the area. Hopefully I will get wifi somewhere during the day to see your message as I'm about to check out from the hotel. Will try my best but apologies if it does not work out. I still haven't gotten time to figure out how to upload here from my iPhone and I'm running out of time at the hotel.

I will be camping tonight so will not have any connection at least for a day. I'm not sure where exactly the Dallas divide is, so not sure the photo(s) will be from there, but this morning I drove along CR 5 for a sunrise session and later in the day I might scout CR7, will take shots from these areas at least.

CR5 was slightly better than what I saw yesterday, still lots of greens, a good deal of brown, and some yellows. In some spots it looked more like Spring foliage than Fall will the mixture of light and darker greens...

Joe



Oct 07, 2013 at 04:10 PM
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p.7 #4 · Colorado Fall Color Reports


Joe_A wrote:
Hi Jim,

PM me your cell phone number and I'll text you a photo or two from the area. Hopefully I will get wifi somewhere during the day to see your message as I'm about to check out from the hotel. Will try my best but apologies if it does not work out. I still haven't gotten time to figure out how to upload here from my iPhone and I'm running out of time at the hotel.

I will be camping tonight so will not have any connection at least for a day. I'm not sure where exactly the Dallas divide
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Thank you Joe for taking tthe time to send some shots from the Dallas Divide. Here are a few shots from the Dallas Divide. Indeed it's very brown looking.

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Oct 07, 2013 at 10:07 PM
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I think the verdict is in, this Colorado Fall Color season was an almost complete bust. Specially when compared to last year which was superb. I think the continuous late summer heavy rains combined with the early low elevation snows wrecked the fall foliage in most areas of Colorado. Obviously there were some groves here and there that were great but overall I have yet to see a great wide landscape image of continuous yellow aspens in peak form.


Oct 07, 2013 at 10:21 PM
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I drove up to Vail over the weekend, and the color was phenomenal in most parts. Here's a pic:



Also, drove over Guanella Pass, and there was a little bit of color left:





Oct 08, 2013 at 02:16 AM
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Great shots!

Well, you better hurry if you're going. Maybe people relied too much on the internet this year, waiting for the perfect day... However, the slide into winter has begun...

Last Monday:






This Monday (Today):







Oct 08, 2013 at 02:25 AM
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^Wow!


Oct 08, 2013 at 02:31 AM
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NickHenderson wrote:
^Wow!


I agree, amazing for one week.



Oct 08, 2013 at 03:12 AM
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Yeah amazing difference for one week! it seems it was not a great year for Fall Color in Colorado, statewide speaking. Last year was just superb. LOTS of areas had grove after grove of Aspens bright yellow at equal times. It was incredible. Weather was mostly dry but there were some high elevation snows that made the peaks look nice but the snow did not fall below 10,500-11k ft so the aspen groves were not affected. No worries, can't expect it to be great every year. It's always good though!




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Thanks for the nice images and information. Was there any damage to the roads around Salida & Monarch Pass? I'm planning a trip to Crested Butte and will be coming in from the east on HWY 50.


Oct 09, 2013 at 06:51 PM
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OK guys: In the past 3.5 days, I've done CRs 5, 7, 8, and 9, a drive from Ridgway to Ouray and up Million Dollar Highway until Red Mountain Pass, as well as Last Dollar Road this morning, and a quick peek across the Dallas Divide from the highway, from where the two photos posted above by Jim were taken. The iPhone does not do it justice...

I have to say, things have taken a slight turn to the better. The ends of the CRs mentioned above are not as bad, particularly 7, esp. where it opens up towards its end. I believe it is called the Cirque.

Also, Last Dollar road has some nice spots, starting in front of Last Dollar Ranch and looking East towards the mountains, but also at its end at the junction with CR60 looking into the valley across (could be mistaken with the CR number but it's where it forks at 90 degree turns. This is where I turned back). But this is a long and rough ride.

Overall, whatever's at lower elevation, mostly shrubs, bushes, and smaller trees (sorry don't know the tree names) are 100% brown and ugly. At higher elevations and deep into the CRs and in the gorges, you'll find a healthier mix, with lots of greens about to turn still, but also yellows and some red-brown.

This is not vintage by any means judging from photos I've seen from previous years and other posters' feedback, and from the highway you'll be scared. However, if you're already in the area then it's worth the venture into these CRs.

That said, today it's very windy, and they're expecting rain/snow in the area tonight into Friday...

Also, please do not venture deep into CRs 5, 9, and Last Dollar Road without high clearance and 4WD. It gets rough at places and I had to cross several streams and mini-ponds along the roads and saw several wheel traces of stuck vehicles in the mud.

Hope this helps. I'm still having fun, but my trip isn't only about the fall colours, so hope I'm not misleading anyone with my optimism/lack of experience in Colorado foliage.

Joe

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Oct 09, 2013 at 09:40 PM
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p.7 #13 · Colorado Fall Color Reports


hey guys,
there is still some incredible color left in the Vail valley. Snow is supposed to arrive tonight, so there may be an opportunity for some great color in snow shots tomorrow.
these were taken on Sunday Oct. 6th. Yesterday, there were a lot of bare trees but the green ones are raging gold and red right now. Snow and wind may blow the rest off this week, though.
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Beaver Creek 10/06/13







Vail 10/06/13




Oct 10, 2013 at 01:23 PM
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I can confirm Vail area. Just drove through yesterday, great colors all along the mountainsides (see photos NickHenderson posted a few posts above). If you can find the right window between the predicted snowstorm and such, might be some pretty cool colors mixed with snow.

Also some nice colors along the Eagle River near Gypsum and Eagle. If you can find an isolated grove of Cottonwood, there's some angles to be had.

Was over in the San Juans Monday through Wednesday, and it's definitely a mixed bag. CR5, CR7, Last Dollar, Owl Creek Pass... pretty much all the same. Some brown, some green, some nice color, some leaf-less patches. Snow on the Sneffels Range really helps with the backdrop. Great opportunity to look for angles I hadn't before, more macro and such within the groves that had good color.

For me it was worth it, but I head out a few times each year because I love it out there. That said, I'm not sure if it's worth the drive if you live in the Front Range area. Might want to save the money/trip for next season.



Oct 10, 2013 at 07:20 PM
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Today we had another snowstorm. I'm now based in Ouray. I drove up to just before Red Mountain Pass in blizzard-like conditions and about 6-7 inches of fresh accumulation. I was looking for a specific photo setting, which I did not find.

What I did find were two young ladies and their dog stuck in the snow in their Toyota Yaris just before the pass, on an uphill. Short of having any towing equipment, I suggested they turn back and spend the night in Ouray. I drove their car to get it unstuck and facing downhill, then escorted them by driving behind them until just before town when it became safe. People in town I spoke with thought I had saved the girls' lives...

In the afternoon, I headed back to just the start of Last Dollar Road as it cleared a bit for some amazing scenery. Perfect for telephoto. BTW, I need to make a correction: I mentioned Heath Ranch in my previous post above, but in fact it is Last Dollar Ranch.

Not sure what impact this snowstorm will have on the remaining foliage, but right now it's creating some magic scenery. Hopefully it will clear a bit tomorrow.

Joe



Oct 11, 2013 at 05:13 AM
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p.7 #16 · Colorado Fall Color Reports


I started this thread so I guess I should post one I made last week. WIth all this talk about Last Dollar Road I wonder how many readers have been there. It's quite amazing.








Oct 12, 2013 at 01:57 AM
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p.7 #17 · Colorado Fall Color Reports


This will probably be my final report as I head to Denver tomorrow to fly back home on Sunday morning. Maybe enough time for a sunrise session tomorrow somewhere near Ridgway.

Today I discovered that the best yellows by far is around Telluride. Travelling West from Ridgway on 62 and then southeast on 145 into the canyon just a few miles to the West of telluride, the colours get better and better. This area has the largest stand of healthy, bright-yellow aspens I've seen in my exploration of the area, and today it all looked magical with the fresh snow.

There is no wide vista or majestic mountains since it's a canyon however. But while driving back from Telluride, the skies cleared to reveal two very high mountains just to the South continuing on 145. I hardly had time to have a peek while driving, but the colours there seemed yellow enough as well. It seems that the greenish aspens in the area are finally turning, but who knows how long this will last after this latest snowfall.

Head there this weekend if yellow is what you're looking for.

Joe



Oct 12, 2013 at 02:42 AM
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@DougDolde, I agree, there's some great stuff out there this year. Granted I don't make a living off of my photos, so I guess I don't mind if it's not perfect. There's always something unique to find. This photo was from Last Dollar Road October 8:




Oct 12, 2013 at 03:27 AM
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Hello from SW Colorado. I have the luxury of living here so finding the colors is a lot easier for me than some of you! It's been an odd year for color. It's been an odd year with colors, kudos to all of you that made it down here from afar.

I took off work on Friday to explore the region between my house and Telluride. We had about 4 inches of snow fall north of Dolores in the last two days but the colors are still stunning off 145 between Dolores and Rico. For whatever reason, the colors around Telluride were very underwhelming as a whole. It took a lot of hiking and driving to find stands that were actually changing and not just going from green to brown. I'm not a scientist and have no idea what's going on with the colors, but from what I saw, more places were brown than yellow. I'm speaking in the larger landscape sense - there were small stands of intense color everywhere. I also spent some time on the west side of Lizard Head Wilderness (far off the beaten path) and I couldn't find much color. I've been there two weeks in a row so I know I didn't miss it, the trees seem to be just going from green to brown in many areas.

I'll be heading back north towards Telluride tomorrow if anyone wants more reports.

Anyways, here are a few from my neck of the woods.

#1 off Last Dollar Road (taken last weekend)






#2 off Bear Creek Trail, HWY145. (taken friday)






#3 off HWY145 just north of the West Fork (taken friday)






#4 Bear Creek Trail (taken friday)







Oct 13, 2013 at 12:36 AM
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I was in Jamestown last week with post-flood cleanup. Got this just under the 8,000 ft level.


a couple of days after the snow:



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