DNR Question of the Week
The colors of the season can be found throughout the region with leaves ranging from bright yellows and reds to browns and greens as seen in this photo taken September 30 on a minimum maintenance road near Nickerson. According to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the peak of autumn color is usually between late September and early October in the central third of the state.
Question: Where can I find current information about fall colors in Minnesota?
Answer: Colors typically peak between mid-September and early October in the northern third of Minnesota, between late September and early October in the central third, and between late September and mid-October in the southern third (which includes the Twin Cities).
For a map showing where colors are peaking across the state this week, visit http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/fall_colors or call the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Information Center at (651) 296-6157 or toll-free (888) 646-6367 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The DNR website and Information Center can also provide information about free, family-oriented programs designed to enhance enjoyment of this colorful season at Minnesota state parks, trails and water trails (including hiking, paddling, biking and ATV excursions).
- Amy Barrett, communications project supervisor,
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Parks and Trails Division