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Take some time to view Wyoming’s foliage this fall

by Wyoming Livestock Roundup

As summer draws to a close, days become shorter and the night air begins to cool, signaling fall is on its way.

Fall in Wyoming means summer vegetables are harvested, the last bale of hay is stacked, cows have been checked, hunting season is in full swing, pumpkin lattes are being served and most impressively, the state begins to change color.

Wyoming’s beautiful mountains and meadows begin to transform into a glorious piece of art as the state’s vastness becomes a canvas etched with gold, orange and rich mahogany.

Wyoming offers multiple places to witness the splendor as well as through a variety of avenues.

Opportunities to enjoy fall

Individuals who want to see the leaves in action may consider attending a fall festival, as Wyoming is home to many.

If hitting the road and going for a scenic fall drive sounds more appealing, the Cowboy State offers numerous winding roads, allowing viewers to weave through a splendid variation of color.

Scenic byways are scattered throughout the state, offering breathtaking views of the fall foliage.

Nothing is better than experiencing fall through the spirit of the old West on horseback. Fresh mountain air, crisp sounds and majestic views can take anyone back to the pioneer days. 

Outfitters and dude ranches across the state offer trail rides, allowing individuals to step into the state’s work of art and see up-close mountains awash with a cornucopia of fall colors. 

Take in the fall colors from the sky – hot air balloon rides offer unforgettable views from high above.

Many may enjoy taking a leisurely stroll or a strenuous hike through Wyoming’s numerous state parks. Conversely, others may enjoy the fall transformation while fishing or floating along local rivers or lakes.

Wyoming is a great place to have family fun while taking in the breathtaking fall scenery, and many families may enjoy fall together at a local pumpkin patch.


location, location

According to Travel Wyoming, “Wyoming is home to amazing fall getaways and drives along scenic byways, capturing the vibrant colors of fall.”

Travel Wyoming’s list includes walking among the trees for a better view of the leaves in Aspen Valley, which is secluded in the Sierra Madre Range outside of Encampment.

Next on the list for fall hiking fanatics is taking a trek in the brilliant colors at Paintbrush Canyon, located in Grand Teton National Park. 

Devils Tower National Monument has become one of the most iconic places to view brilliant colors as well.

Fall fanatics may also want to visit Pinedale, where Squaretop Mountain hosts some of the most vibrant colors Wyoming has to offer – a blend of golden hues with evergreens makes for a breathtaking sight.

Jackson Hole offers travelers an iconic view of the Teton Mountain Range covered in rich shades of yellow and gold, and for a close-up of the fall foliage, they may take the aerial tram to gain an incredible view high above the trees.

Buffalo is home to the Cloud Peak Skyway Scenic Byway, allowing individuals to take in the colorful view from their car while stopping and exploring along the way.

In the center of the state, atop Casper Mountain, lies Beartrap Meadow, a beautiful clearing surrounded by various trees where the fall colors are set to please any fall enthusiast.

Tongue River Canyon near Dayton makes for a fantastic fall hike. Rich in various colors, individuals will be stunned by the scenery. 

The Vedauwoo Recreation Area outside of Laramie rounds out the list. Best known for its rock-climbing faces, it is also surrounded by the best fall foliage, radiating warm golds and copper hues.

Other options include Oxbow Bend in Grand Teton National Park or Arrowhead Springs near Rock Springs. 

“The leaves may start changing in Wyoming mid to late September, but the best time for the fall colors won’t be until October when leaves reach peak foliage,” reads the Farmer’s Almanac. 

Melissa Anderson is the editor of the Wyoming Livestock Roundup. Send comments on this article to

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