Fall Colors

Photo of a lady jumping in the air with golden leaves in the background.

Welcome to the Fall Colors web site for the Intermountain Region. The Region consists of National Forest Lands in Nevada, Utah, Southern Idaho, Western Wyoming and parts of California.

Due to the government shutdown, this site has not been updated.  We will be updating later this week as updates are provided to us by the units.  The information below is the last reports we were provided before October 1.  Check back for a list of great viewing areas and spectacular photos. 

Utah

Fishlake National Forest

Fall colors continue to spread and evening temperatures drop, however snow may have a dampening effect on the autumn season.  Leaves will be dropping off trees that have already turned.

Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest

Colors are coming out on the Evanston Ranger District.  There is lots of gold mixed in with lots of green.  The area received snow on the peaks last Saturday night.  The snowcapped peaks are beautiful.  The maples on the Pleasant Grove Ranger District are changing color, however they are not as bright as usual.  Colors are coming out on the Kamas Ranger District.  You will see some pretty red, oranges and yellows while driving up the Mirror Lake Highway.  Mountain peaks in this area are covered with snow as well.  Some maples and aspen are starting to change color on the Spanish Fork Ranger District. The big show should come within the next couple of weeks.   

The foothills of Cache Valley are starting to get some pockets of dull rust/red color from the maples and may be ablaze in color within the next few weeks.  Hwy 89/91 between Brigham City and Wellsville has some brown/rust/red color along with a dusting of snow up high.  Highway 101 (Blacksmith Fork Canyon) east of Hyrum saw some color changes other than brown but most of the leaves are on the ground.  On Tuesday, there were a couple patches of aspens in the upper elevations of the Logan Canyon National Scenic Byway (US 89 between Logan and Garden City) that have turned yellow (near the Tony Grove turnoff and up by Swan Flat turnoff towards the Bear Lake overlook).  The rain, wind and snow yesterday brightened the hardy leaves that didn’t fall off.  Snow level is around 7000 feet.  So far it’s been a dull season with lots of leaves turning brown and dropping but last year started out this way and really surprised us with some fantastic color so we are hoping for the same this year.  Link to a local news article.

Idaho

Sawtooth National Forest

The aspen leaves are slowly changing colors.  You can see a little yellow, orange and red throughout the Forest, however they are more distinct in some areas.  Sheep Canyon is showing some of the most colors on the Minidoka Ranger District.  Cabin Springs is a popular area for people to visit to see the changing seasons.  The Sawtooth National Recreation Area experienced its first dusting of snow.  When the snow melts, the colors should be great for viewing.  A recommended area to view the fall colors is North Fork Canyon.

The Intermountain Region is a spectacular place to be in the fall. 
Get out and enjoy the beauty of your national forests.
Remember take only pictures and leave only footprints.

 


It is wise to obtain highway and weather information before leaving home and be prepared for winter weather while in the mountains. Many unpaved forest roads are quite slippery when wet, while some clay based roads simply become impassable.

This page is updated weekly during the fall season. Visit us again for updated colorful photos, as well as a list of recommended viewing areas. A photo gallery has been put together for your enjoyment. Photos were taken by Forest Service employees throughout the Region, as well as public forest visitors. You are free to download the photos in this gallery, except for those that have a copyright symbol next to them. If you have fall color photos you would like displayed on our web site or an area that you like to share with other, e-mail the information to Jody Rose.

Visit the Washington Office web site for additional information on viewing fall colors throughout the country.