Fall Colors Report

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Would you like to see the Fall Colors at Guadalupe Mountains National Park? Want information on why this amazing phenomenon happens? Join Ranger Amanda as she explains and takes a tour with you through our fall colors. And if you're really interested, come join us to see our fall colors in person!

 

2020 Fall Color Season Information



The fall colors season in Guadalupe Mountains National Park typically begins in mid-October and continues through mid-November. However, several environmental factors may affect the timing and intensity of the color change and season length - temperature, sunlight, and soil moisture.

To accommodate as many fall color visitors, please consider carpooling when possible; parking is first-come, first-serve and limited in McKittrick Canyon, Pine Springs, and Frijole Ranch. Guadalupe Mountains National Park is a U.S. Fee Area - collected fees or America the Beautiful passes are required for entrance to the national park.

Saturdays and Sundays are an extremely difficult time to visit as parking lots fill up, and visitors end up getting turned away at the gates as early as 8:15 am Mountain Time. Please consider visiting during the week for the best chances of being able to enter the park.

Current fall colors status - Thursday, October 29th, 2020

The fall foliage season in the Guadalupes has moderate color change throughout the park. A couple of cold fronts in September have caused fall colors to come slightly earlier this year.

What do the early cold fronts mean for our fall color season?

  • The fall color may show dispersed change over the next few weeks, meaning we may not have as brilliant a fall color season as we've had in the past.

At this time Devil's Hall is leading the fall color change with brilliant displays of reds and oranges. McKittrick is showing pockets of color scattered throughout the trail and Smith Springs is showing slight glimpses of color change.

What should you expect for this year's fall colors? Visit us on Facebook or on Instagram to see some of last year's photos sent by staff and visitors that captured the 2018 and 2019 fall colors here in the Guadalupes!

https://www.facebook.com/guadalupe.mountains/

https://www.instagram.com/guadalupemountainsnps/

 
A Fall Colors Update of Smith Springs on September 26, 2020. There is very little color change along the trail and at the spring. Green foliage surrounds the spring.
Smith Springs has very little color change, Most of the trail is still green, although some branches in a few trees have pockets of oranges and red.

NPS Photo / D. Gardea

Smith Springs Fall Colors as of Oct 30, 2020 - Little to no color change

Small pockets of color appear along the trail, a few branches within a single tree may have bright spots of color. Otherwise the trail and spring are still surrounded by green foliage.

 
A Fall Colors Update of Devils Hall on November 6th, 2020. Fall colors are fading within the wash.
Pockets of color are seen along the wash as you hike Devil's Hall in the lower and higher elevations.

NPS Photo / B. Brown

Devil's Hall Fall Colors as of October 30th, 2020 - Fading

Pockets of color change can be seen scattered throughout the wash in various trees. The color in Devil's Hall is fading into crispy browns.
 
A Fall Colors Update of McKittrick Canyon November 7, 2020. Moderate color change pops throughout the canyon.
Many colors are showing lovely hues of red, yellow and oranges, although some trees are still green and some foliage is on the ground.

NPS Photo / BJ. Sadow

McKittrick Fall Colors as of November 7, 2020 - Moderate Color Change

The most noticeable color change is between Pratt Cabin and the Grotto by the drainages and the creek crossings, pops of color spring up here and there but most of the trail is still green.

Last updated: November 12, 2020

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