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Idaho Fall Colors

Mountain peaks, dunes, and forests—Idaho has it all to impress a devoted leaf-peeper


Last updated: by Mariana Maglych
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Idaho nature is beautiful at any season, but during fall, it pops with every shade you can think of. Aspens and maples are signature trees in the state, which transform multiple forests of Idaho into a beautiful blaze of color. Whether in a city or the mountains, autumn in Idaho unfolds its patchwork blanket to the delight of nature lovers.

The fall colors season in Idaho lasts from early October to mid-November. In the north and center of the state, the leaves begin to change in the first days of October, then fall moves to the south, with a delay of two or three weeks.

Fall colors in Boise

Boise is often called "The City of Trees." Therefore, you can expect to enjoy the best fall foliage without even leaving the city. The downtown area and river belt explode with bright maples, cottonwoods, and oaks. The city is also home to Idaho Botanical Garden, one of the best gardens in the whole state to display colorful leaves.

Southwest of Boise, you will find many vineyards, which offer tastings and bright views during the fall season. To the north, Moscow is another destination to explore with amazing autumnal scenery. The University of Idaho campus and its arboretums are among the top places in the city for leaf-peeping.

Fall Hiking

The lush forests of Idaho are a paradise for hikers. Pleasant weather and multiple routes perfectly suit a short stroll or a multi-day adventure. Among everyone's favorites—Sun Valley, which gets incredibly colorful during autumn. Caribou-Targhee National Forest is adjacent to Yellowstone National Park and has plenty of attractions. Don't miss its beautiful waterfalls, including Upper Mesa Falls. Sawtooth National Forest is known for its glorious aspens and the scenic Big Wood River. Pocatello's southeast has some great peaks to challenge advanced hikers, such as Sedgwick Peak and Oxford Peak. Oneida Narrows Reservoir is also nearby for fishing, boating, and enjoying the beauty of autumn in Idaho.

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