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!

trees of many colors in a desert mountain canyon
Emerging fall colors in McKittrick Canyon between the Pratt Cabin and the Grotto

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2021 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 - Emerging
Fall Colors are beginning to show in parts of McKittrick Canyon near the Notch.
Colors are still rated minimal to moderate at this time. (updated 10/20)

Last updated: October 20, 2021

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