On Fall's Trail in Wyoming

What to Do & Where to Do It

Drive around Devil's Tower
The drive starts in Sundance, and leads into the Bear Lodge Mountains. The highway climbs into grassy hills dotted with scattered oak groves and a few ponderosa pines. The road passes through rolling country with good views of the Bear Lodge Mountains to the northeast and the Powder River Basin to the west. Pines tend to cover the ridges, while hay fields and pastures blanket the valleys. The first view of distant Devils Tower appears from a ridge top about 12 miles into the drive. Its otherworldly appearance is unmistakable. It was always a well-known landmark, but became famous and much more heavily visited after the 1977 movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind popularized it.
Route: Northeast Wyoming. The drive starts in Sundance, at the junction of I-90 and US 14.
Peak color: Late September to Early October

Fall in the Tetons
With mountains over 13,000 feet in altitude, and hiking, biking, and climbing opportunities galore—it's no wonder why the Tetons are a perfect multi-purpose fall getaway. Whether you want to partake of the foliage in an active way or simply watch the plentiful scarlet gilia flower morph from a vibrant summer red to a fall white color—there's plenty to do and see here in autumn. Take a great family hike at Hermitage Point, which is a relatively flat hike around ponds. For strenuous dayhikes, Amphitheater Lake and Lake Solitude are outstanding destinations. Or take a float down Jackson Lake Dam to Cattleman's Bridge Cattleman's Bridge to Pacific Creek for scenic views, calmer water and few obstructions.
Access: Entrance to the Grand Teton National Park is located off Highway 287.
Peak color: Late September to Late October

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Fishing the North Platte River
The fall spawning run of the brown trout is crowded but top-notch fishing on the North Platte River in southern Wyoming. The river is so large and diverse that whatever time of year you choose, the North Platte can respond in kind.
Route: To reach some parts of the North Platte, like the 37-mile stretch from the Colorado border to the mouth of the Encampment River, a productive tributary to the Platte, about the only way to reach the river is by hiking or packing in by horse. There are good trails in the national forest to the river.
Peak color: Late September to Early October

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Published: 29 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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