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By Ann Bond
Special to The SUN
Fall colors are just beginning at the higher elevations of the San Juan National Forest in southwestern Colorado.
About 5 percent of the aspen forests have reportedly turned color in the Silverton and Red Mountain Pass areas.
The San Juan National Forest will update its Fall Color Report weekly at www.fs.usda.gov/sanjuan. Links on the Fall Color Report page will also be offered to other forests in the Rocky Mountain Region and nationally. The national Forest Service site features an online map to help visitors see if trees are peaking in their state. For a more analogue approach to trip planning, the Forest Service is once again offering its National Fall Colors Hotline, (800) 354-4595. The hotline provides audio updates on the best places, dates and routes to take for peak viewing of fall colors on national forests.
For more information on San Juan National Forest viewing areas, contact the San Juan Public Lands Center at 247-4874.