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Wyoming in Fall: An Adventure for the Senses

Cheyenne, Wyo.: Stunning foliage and crisp, cool weather make autumn in Wyoming one of the best seasons to explore the state. From watching wildlife to lounging in hot springs, there are countless activities for visitors to experience:

Fall Foliage

Arguably the best reason to visit Wyoming in the fall is to see the magnificent trees bursting with color like seas of gold. These are some of the best routes and locations to see Wyoming at its most vibrant:

  • Grand Teton National Park: Mid-September is the best time to see the gorgeous fall colors here. Explore RKO road, a four-wheel drive that will take you through some spectacular scenery.  

  • Moose Wilson Road: Aspens, Sugar Maples and Pines litter this picturesque route.

  • Aspen Alley: Like the name suggests, this course takes you through miles upon miles of aspen trees. One of Wyoming’s most breathtaking drives, especially in autumn months.

  • Bighorn Mountains: Discover 70 miles of crisp fall leaves as you make your way by this mountain range. US Highways 14 and 16 are the best touring roads to check out.

Festivals

Not just for wilderness-seekers, Wyoming has many cultural events that are worth traveling to in autumn:

  • Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival: In its’ 30th year, this festival will run from September 3rd to the 14th. Join thousands of other art enthusiasts who come to enjoy artwork in scenic Jackson Hole.

Hot Springs

A perfect way to relax, and take in the gorgeous autumn scenery by visiting one of the many great hot springs scattered around the state on your Wyoming adventure:

  • Saratoga Hobo Hot Pool: First used by Native Americans and then early settlers, Saratoga Hobo Hot Pool is just as popular today among visitors and locals alike.

  • Hot Springs State Park: This mineral hot springs is the single largest one in the world. Enjoy outdoor and indoor pool options at this famous landmark.  

Wildlife Viewing

Sometimes referred to as the Serengeti of North America, Wyoming is home to some of the best wildlife that the nation has to offer. Observe some beautiful species in their natural environment at these various locations:

  • Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge: Located in the southwestern portion of the state, this 27,230-acre sanctuary is home to several kinds of species. In addition to being a migration route and nesting area for waterfowl and passerine birds, it also plays host to elk, deer, moose and river otters.

  • Pilot Butte Wild Horse Scenic Loop Tour: Enjoy an authentic Wyoming experience by viewing wild horses on this 23-mile gravel road located on the summit of White Mountain. Coyote sightings are also prevalent along Pilot Butte Wild Horse Scenic Loop Tour.

  • Red Desert: A truly incredible place to visit and see animals. Breeding season for elk takes place in autumn, which is noteworthy considering this desert locale is home to the largest elk herd in the world.

  • Absaroka Mountains: These beautiful peaks form the eastern boundary of Yellowstone National Park as well as the Wind River Range to the south. The more daring can consider this spot to sight grizzly bear along with stunning mountain views.

  • Pinedale: The Pinedale area, positioned below the Wind River Range and Jackson Hole, is known for being the main migratory route for antelope. This is significant, since antelope outnumber people in the Equality State. Catch the fastest land mammals in North America in their natural habitat in this beautiful western landscape. Casper Mountain: Several bird species can be spotted in the fall, including Eagles, Wild Turkey, Blue Grouse, and Hungarian Partridge. Casper Mountain features incredible fall foliage and provides an impressive backdrop for bird watching.


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About Wyoming

The State of Wyoming, also known as the Equality State, was admitted to the union on July 10, 1890 as the 44th U.S. state. Wyoming is the 9th largest state in terms of area yet has just over 500,000 residents, contributing to its ranking as the nation’s 4th most livable state1. The state is home to the country’s first national park – Yellowstone – and its first national monument – Devils Tower. These sites, Grand Teton National Park and countless other glorious statewide attractions – supported by heartfelt cowboy hospitality – serve as host to millions of loyal visitors every year. For more information visit: www.wyomingtourism.org, www.facebook.com/visitwyoming or www.twitter.com/wyomingtourism.