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NM Fall Colors?

Postby jfrishmanIII » Mon Sep 24, 2012 8:00 pm

There's a ton of updates from Colorado, but it's hard to find reports on New Mexico fall color conditions, so let's share what we've got! This is Big Tesuque from the top of the quad at Ski Santa Fe, yesterday September 23. Nearing peak, but still a good number of green patches, more green the lower you go.

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Anyone been up in the Jemez lately? Chama area and Hwy 64? Pecos Wilderness, Taylor, Sandias, Manzanos, further south? I'm planning some outings in the next few weeks, so any updates from the NM crew will be appreciated!
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Re: NM Fall Colors?

Postby Sarah Simon » Mon Sep 24, 2012 8:44 pm

I just visited Wheeler, Walter, Old Mike, Simpson, Frazer & Bull-of-the-Woods and the aspen were POPPING, just going bonkers, in the Taos Ski Valley area. Great visit!

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Re: NM Fall Colors?

Postby jfrishmanIII » Sat Sep 29, 2012 6:05 pm

I was just out at Hamilton Mesa in the Pecos Wilderness: some good color, but the upper Pecos has a ways to go. I'd say it's around 30% in the aspens. Next weekend will probably be fantastic. The riparian trees and oaks in the Pecos canyon were looking very nice.
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Re: NM Fall Colors?

Postby jfrishmanIII » Wed Oct 03, 2012 4:57 pm

Northern New Mexico update: It looks like the high-altitude groves on the west slopes of the Sangres are at or passing peak, with bare areas showing up at the top elevations. The upper Pecos Valley (Hamilton Mesa area) was around 35-40% on Saturday, should be great this weekend. The Pecos Canyon had beautiful colors in the oaks and undergrowth. The Tusas Mountains east of Chama (Hwy 64 and forest roads near the CO border) are gorgeous, 40-50% changed, with lots of oranges and reds but a good reservoir of green still to change; that area should be great for another week or so too. Lots of nice oak color on Hwy 64 too. The northern Jemez had some nice groves, but less change and maybe somewhat duller colors up there. Cottonwoods in the Chama valley are just starting, maybe 5%.

C'mon, I know there are Albuquerqueans on SP: how are the Sandias looking?
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Re: NM Fall Colors?

Postby Clark_Griswold » Fri Oct 05, 2012 4:33 pm

Drove past them on Wednesday, just a little aspen color above what appeared to be 9500', as seen from I-25.
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Re: NM Fall Colors?

Postby lmseid » Thu Oct 11, 2012 7:57 am

Just visited East Manzanos last wednesday (10/3) before the Balloon Fiesta crowds came in.
It was a little early for the maples, but a FS guy said he thought it'd be a quick turnaround this year. There was a freeze last friday night...
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