Colorado

Best Morel hunting seems to be over 7500 ft elevations. Arapahoe National Forest up Squaw Pass about 5 mi. from Bergen Park, near Evergreen right after the snow melt. Also a good place for Boletes and other edibles later in the season.

I have had reports in the San Juan National Forest, under spruce trees, in the higher elevations in June.

Randy C. from Estes Park, Colorado, (near Rocky Mountain National Park) says that he has found big, thick-walled morels in the park, sometimes with a snow bank a few feet away.

Date: Thu, 19 Apr 2001 21:44:48 -0600. Hello All- Quick note to all of you from ol "Mountain Mel" here in Colorado-( land of very few if any morels). Thanks to Larry K.. in So. Illinois, ever once in awhile this ol home boy from Illinois gets to taste a morel !! I swear Larry can smell'm in the woods! Last year, my blue heeler dog , Mom and I did get to visit your gathering . Great! I did purchase some good items, t-shirts, books and all. Don't know if I can make it this year or not yet. May try some hunting near by in Kansas. Note- thought you may want to know that we/I have found only (2) morels here in Grand Junction, Co. at 6,000 ft. One was sort of freeze or air dried perfect and the other was in a flower bed of a neighbor--- in chipped aspen bark bedding. So- figure that- no elm trees? Q- Do the spore kits really produce morels? Ha- I have tried but--- no good. Guess we need that Illinois humidity! Meanwhile- Any of you in this area - call me up at 970-242-8507, stop by and I will show you some survival tricks if you tell me about morels! Sincerely," Mountain Mel"- Deweese, Ret. USN- SERE. Check our website at www.youwillsurvive.com Thanks for that plug in your newspaper story!

morels in Colorado. Date: Tue, 01 May 2001 14:53:19 -0600. Well, guess what, the morels made their annual appearance in Colorado right on schedule, April 29. We do not weigh ours and rarely measure them since they are uniformly tiny and generally few and far between. I wandered out to my patch on the Platte River under the cottonwoods, not really expecting to find any at all. I even had my binoculars around my neck not only as a bird back-up, but also as a disguise just in case I stumbled on something edible. And what to my wandering eyes did appear in a NEW Area but two lovely yellow morels at least two inches high. I continued wandering in ever widening circles checking old sites and adding new ones. At the end of 1 1/2 hours I was in possession of 70 lovely, delicious, fresh, unexpected treasures ranging in size from a miniscule 1 inch to a gigantic 2 1/2 inch monster. Most were not in their usual places. They were delicious. I thought at the time that this could be it for the year since we have had extremely hot, dry weather for the last two weeks, BUT there is a storm front with good moisture and cooler temps moving in tonight. So, as ever, hope springs eternal. In a good year with late April/early May moisture, we often pick extra large yellows up to 8 or more inches in mid-May until June. Good Luck to all, Ellen----Foray Chair Person--Colorado Mycological Society

Date: Tue, 15 May 2001 14:47:54 -0600. Last night at the regular meeting of the Colorado Mycological Society, I saw the largest yellow morels I have seen in 25 years of looking. Many were in the 1/2 lb category. Some came in from Boulder, north of Denver and the rest from around Colorado Springs--south of Denver, locations not at all specific for good reason. I have the fever once more and will walk my patch tomorrow afternoon with very high hopes that the season is not yet over. There is lots of moisture in the ground, but it has been quite hot and I think that hot soil is the death knell. Several nice blacks also came in from west of Boulder at 7000+ feet. Morelly yours, Ellen J.

Colo morels?!! Boulder?!!!!] Date: Fri, 01 Jun 2001 16:52:08 -0600. Dear Tom and Vicky, Indeed there are morels in the Boulder area, although I suspect the season has passed. One of our club members brought in a bagful ( at keast 20) large dried gold ones that he had picked along Boulder Creek under the cottonwoods. The meeting was the second Monday of May and they were about done for on that date. You might try attending one of the CMS meetings --- they are held on the second Monday of the month at the Botanic Gardens and begin about 7:00 PM. There are usually many kinds of fresh mushrooms on the table, a speaker is present, and you are welcome to attend free of charge. Membership if you join is 21.00 a year or something like that. I picked 140 in my own private place during the end of April and early May. Morelly Yours, Ellen

9 small greys. went out april 15 2002 and found 9 small greys. it wont be long till the nice ones start popping up i cant wait tracy. co

morels in Colorado. Even though Tracey reported 9 small greys on April 15, for Colorado, the outlook for Denver is bleak unless we get some moisture within the next few days. The winter was very dry and there has been little precipitation during March and April. I checked my area today---April 18---and while this is a little early, the soil is bone dry at least 3" down. I saw no morels. I will keep going every week, however. I know I will find some, but I don't expect a good year. We do have rain/snow predicted for the next few days, so my fingers are crossed. Ellen

morels---colorado. Date: Sun, 5 May 2002 13:43:18 EDT. What a sad, dry year we are having. I have checked my morel area three times already and the only report I can make is that it gets drier every time I go. There has been not one sign of any morels even the size of a small fingernail. Ellen

Subject: FW: Colorado morels! Date: Fri, 17 May 2002 11:53:46 -0400. From: John. Yes, they DO exist in CO! Found 3 1/2 lbs today at lunch in BOULDER, CO. A former coworker walking her dog yesterday found and told me about a whole patch of what turned out to be 3 dozen nice yellows, growing along a creek under blown over grass. Apparently the grass protected the spores from sun, wind and cold and kept the moisture and heat in. Unbelievable! Born and raised in IL, been here 20 years and never found any out here till TODAY! You never heard such joyous profanity spew from an individual as me at about 12:18 p.m. MT on 5/16/02.

morels in Colorado: Fri, 13 Jul 2001 13:19:24 -0600, Hi, I was born and raised in Missouri, Grover (Southeast St. Louis county) and then move to Kansas City. My mother was raised in the boot hill so I was hunting morels from about the age of 4. I moved to Denver in 1984 and have tried to find morels around the snow melt line. (thats where the books say you can find them) I have never found one. Now !! I have found 2 in my front yard. My mother moved out here in 1992 and I dug up some Iris and mint to plant in my front yard. Could the morel spores stay dormant that long or should I be searching my neighbors yards also so I can have all the morels. Christina F.

Morels in Colorado: Fri, 7 Jun 2002 13:58:26 -0600. Due to very dry conditions, I did not find Yellow Morels in low-land locations and I did not find early Black Morels in foothill locations. Beginning June 1st, I was finding Black Morels in the mountains above 9,000 ft in flat areas in aspen groves. This was along the peak-to-peak highway from I-70 to Estes Park. By June 6th the morels were getting large and 'old', but I anticipate finding them over the next two weeks at higher elevations. William W.

Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2003. Subject: chomping at the bit. After two years of horrible drought, Colorado has had lovely, welcome moisture for the past three weeks with more expected. Although, no one has found morels yet, we are poised, with baskets ready, to go forth and pick a bunch. Every indicator is positive; the apple trees are blooming, the asparagus is coming up, and when the lilacs bloom, so will the morels. Will report on the forest fire areas, but I think the soil must be wrong, as we rarely see morels where there has been a recent fire. Reported by BOLETUS -

Date: Fri, 25 Apr 2003 21:40:15 EDT. Subject: Found 'em! Went to my spot along "a waterway" in Boulder today (Fri 4/25) and found the beginnings of a patch of yellows! Took a 3" (the biggest one there) to prove to myself and others that I actually found some. I'll wait for the warm weather this weekend to let the rest grow and I'll check em out next week. Meanwhile I'll check here in Loveland tomorrow to see if I can find some... Cheers! John C.

On Friday, April 25th I checked my favorite Morel spot near Boulder and just outside Denver along the Platt River. and found over a dozen young yellows in just one small area. I picked about 5 of them and planned to return to the area Sunday to allow them to grow a bit more and spore. I used the 5 to demonstrate how morels look as I led a Morel Foray for the Colorado Mycological Society on Saturday, April 26th. I spent the day showing our members how to identify habitat and other indicators and the group found about 45 to 60 yellow morels. Most were quite young. There are a couple of interesting notes to this season in Colorado. Some of the indicators that I have been using are a little off. Yellow morels in Colorado are often associated with narrow leaf cottonwood, and appear about the time that the leaves on the tree are about an 1.1/4 inch long. This season the narrow leaf cottonwood leaves are late and most are still in bud phase. Other indicators such as the height of grasses and mints and the blooming of Oregon Grape are right where they should be. Another difference this year is that we are finding morels under Box Elder this spring, much more so than in other years. Lastly, a few of my prime spots have not yielded any morels. I do not know if this is because of last year's drought, or if it is just too early yet. On a disappointing note, when I returned to my best morel grounds on Sunday, someone had picked the area clean. I guess I will have to find some new areas, always a long process in Colorado. William N. W.

Date: Tue, 29 Apr 2003. Subject: Colorado's first morels. 46 morels may not sound like many to those who pick 46 pounds, but it is pretty good for us. On Saturday, the 26th of April, a group foray turned up 46 in one of the canyons west of Denver. I went today and found only two, but all the indicators are indicating, so I expect to be collecting a lot in about a week to ten days. We need just a little more warm weather. BOLETUS

Date: Fri, 2 May 2003 06:24:30 -0600 Subject: Morels found in Colorado. Western Slope Colorado, May 1, 2003: Found close to two dozen after work. This is the first time I've found morels here in Colorado since I moved out here in '97. They were all grays/yellows, with one black morel thrown in for good measure. Most of them were in good shape, with just a couple being a bit on the dry side. Sorry I can't be more specific on location! Good morel spots seem to be few and far between here, and it's taken me 6 years to find this one, but I wanted folks to know that they're out there. Greg

Date: Sat, 10 May 2003 15:28:19 -0600. Subject: Re: Sightings - 2003, Colorado. Hi Tom, Just a quick note - I really appreciate your site. It helps me to keep track of the season and it is interesting to watch how different weather patterns affect fruiting. Thanks for hosting it! Here is an update on Morel fruiting in the Denver and Mountain Area of Colorado. It has been an odd season, good mixed with bad. My peak findings for Yellow Morels was about ten days ago (May 1st) and I collected well over 120 in two days. This came from my best areas in Boulder near running creeks. The yellows this year seemed more sensitive to micro environments. In areas where I found them, I found large numbers, but in other areas that were productive in previous years I did not find any. Usually, I cover a large area and find many small groups of two and three yellow morels in between occasional large clusters. This year, the small groups did not show. When I found one morel, there were usually at least a dozen nearby. In one case, Norm Birchler (Editor of CMS SporesAfield) and I collected over 80 in an area not larger than 12 ft X 25 ft. and then found nothing more the rest of the afternoon. These morel 'zones' were further apart from each other than in previous years and most were in flood plains.. While I do understand morel environment in Colorado, I do not know very much about the morel fungi itself. My personal 'theory' is that the drought last year killed off many of the smaller 'plants'. The larger ones that survived, produced fruit in large numbers due to stored energy from not fruiting last year. I have no idea if there is any scientific merit in this theory, but it does seem to match my findings. On Thursday, (May 8th) I returned to my good areas to see if I (and other hunters who have seen me hunting in the area - sigh!) had missed any. I took a long and very slow hunt and came up with a little more than a dozen very large yellows, several about the size of baseballs and all in zones where I had previously found Yellows. My previous experience has been that these big ones are the very last of the Yellow season and always after finding the big one the Yellows 'run-out' in about 4 to five days. So I'm pretty sure the Yellow season is just about over in Colorado. I am curious to see how the Blacks will produce. Usually, I start finding them in the foothills within about 5 days after the big yellows show up. Last year the foothills did not produce, but the mountains did produce just a little less than previous years, even though rain was almost non-existent. Snow melt must have kept soils wet enough for the higher elevations to produce. I wonder if we will see the same pattern as the lowlands where fewer plants produce large numbers, or if all plants will produce well. I only have a coupe of foothill 'spots' so it will be interesting to see what happens. I will update this web-site when I start finding Blacks in the mountains and will also send in an 'end of morel season' summary. William N. W.

Date: Thu, 22 May 2003 17:49:33 -0400. Subject: one more batch. Colorado May 21st. Squeezed one more batch of seven 3"- 4" yellows from my patch in S Boulder. It's a record for me for this late in the season -I've been to that spot 6 times and gotten a few lbs each time. Enough to share with morel virgins and brag to jealous fellow ex-midwesterners! Now to see what this burn area morel stuff is all about, lol! See you next year folks! John C.

Date: Thu, 29 May 2003 18:30:06 -0700. Subject: COLORADO MOREL SIGHTINGS. May 28, 2003 - Just had our first experience with morel hunting in , Southwest Colorado, outside Lake Vallecito near the burn area. My husband and I gathered at least 20 lbs. of fresh morels - they were in specific spots under aspens. We were blessed to find them! I made a linguini with alfredo sauce recipe I had brought with me to our Mountain home - It was the best I ever had! I think we're hooked on schrooming! Nancy W.

Date: Sun, 8 Jun 2003 08:30:51 -0600. Subject: Colorado Morel Sightings. We are now chasing Black Morels in the mountains. Following the yellows in the 'low-lands' of Boulder, Black Morels started showing up at the 7,000 ft level in mid-May. By may 24th they were fruiting at 8,000 ft. and yesterday, June 7th I was finding Black Morels at 9,000 ft. Look for them in Aspen Stands mixed with Pine. Flat spots are better than hill-sides although I have been finding them on both. I have noticed that once they fruit, they are not lasting very long this season. In the past, I was able to hunt the same area for Black morels for about ten days. This year, most are gone by 7 days, so if your finding them, work the area well. Happy hunting and good eating to all! William N. W.