Fall Colors Report

Fall colors in McKittrick Canyon
Fall colors in McKittrick Canyon

NPS Photo/Buehler


2017 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 itensity 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.

Current fall colors status - October 13, 2017

Currently, there is minimal color change. The madrones are loaded with plump red berries and temperatures are mild, so there are still good reasons to enjoy a hike.

Dog Canyon and Devil’s Hall usually change before McKittrick Canyon and Smith Springs. During most years, late October and early November are the best times to see the most color.

Stay tuned for additional fall color updates and be sure to visit us on Facebook and Instagram where we will post information about color change in the different areas of the park.



Last updated: October 14, 2017

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