Fall Colors

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.




Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest

October 11, 2016: Fall colors have peaked and the leaves are dropping.

September 19, 2016: Fall colors are showing around the Bridgeport Ranger District.

September 21, 2016: Colors are changing on the Santa Rosa Ranger District.


Boise National Forest

September 22, 2016: Fall colors on the forest are amazing now! In the higher elevations, the huckleberry, aspen, ninebark, and willow are at their peak.

Caribou-Targhee National Forest Boise National Forest

October 11, 2016: Many of the leaves are falling, but there is still color on the cottownwoods and dogwoods along the South Fork of the Snake River.

Sawtooth National Forest

September 22, 2016: The aspens are beautiful at Pomerelle Mountain Resort near Burley, Idaho.


Dixie National Forest

September 12, 2016: The Dixie is starting to see some hues of color popping across the forest.

Fishlake National Forest

September 15, 2016: Fall colors across the Forest continue their march toward peak color. A trip to Fish Lake is an easy drive and very rewarding for those chasing the yellow, golds and red of autumn.

September 9, 2016: The Aspen Heart has turned orange/red near Fish Lake.

Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest

September 8, 2016: On the Pleasant Grove Ranger District the aspens have yet to turn yellow on the Alpine loop. Some of the oak brush is turning red at the higher elevations. Best color can be seen on Cascade Springs Scenic Byway


Bridger-Teton National Forest

September 22, 2016: The vibrant autumn hues are splendid across the Blackrock Ranger District of the Bridger-Teton National Forest. See the many shades of gold and auburn along Highway 89 near the town of Moran, Wyoming.

The Narrowleaf Cottonwood, (Populus angustifolia) is turning golden yellow and these magnificent trees can be found along the shore of Spread Creek, on the Bridger-Teton National Forest’s Blackrock Ranger District.  The buds of these trees are sticky and gummy and were enjoyed as a sort of chewing gum by local Native American peoples. Other varieties of Cottonwood also turning colors right now are the Black Cottonwood (Populus balsamifera trichocarpa).

September 12, 2016: The aspens have turned red on the Greys River Ranger District.

View many beautiful photos taken on our Region in our gallery and/or on Flckr


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 in addition to many beautiful photos on Flickr. 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 the r4_fswebmaster.

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