The state of Wyoming has numerous tourist attractions year round. The fall season is particularly beautiful with its fresh air and vibrant, colorful scenery. Here is a list of attractions and activities that we recommend to see and do in Wyoming during the fall. Many of these places are traditions for us locals.
1. Take a road trip to view the fall foliage.
Here in Wyoming, we boast some of the most scenic byways, national parks, and landscapes. We don’t even have to get out of our cars. We recommend renting a car and bringing a camera along. We like to pack a nice picnic lunch and enjoy the view! Some of the most beautiful drives for fall foliage are:
Beartooth Highway – We can view colorful aspens as early as late September. This runs for 68 miles and reaches the highest altitude out of all of Wyoming’s paved roads. Vehicles may access the highway by way of Chief Joseph Scenic Byway.
Black Hills Scenic Byway – We stumble on this in the Black Hills National Forest, along 78 miles of rich landscape. It features deep tones of deciduous and evergreen trees, roaming wildlife, and rolling hills.
Cloud Peak Skyway – We have beautiful golden aspens along the southernmost route of the Bighorn National Forest. We can access the 47 mile road from the west at Ten Sleep or from the east at Buffalo.
Flaming Gorge – Green River Basin Byway – This is one of the most diverse landscapes here in Wyoming and spreads out over 100 miles of mountains and high desert. We can access this road just west of Rock Springs but we have to be very watchful for herds of pronghorn antelope, mule deer, and wild horses.
Star Valley Scenic Byway – We can admire amazing fall foliage among snow-capped mountains and gorgeous lakes from an elevation of 7,610 feet. This stretches over 80 miles.
2. Hike or stroll in any of the state parks.
Bear River State Park is only one example and it runs along Interstate Highway 80. Scenic walks in the cool autumn air feel invigorating and are a good way to fit in some exercise.
Here is a link to find the right park to suit your interests: https://www.wyomingtourism.org/things-to-do/parks-and-nature.
3. Go fishing in one of our picturesque lakes.
Rent a boat for a breathtakingly scenic and peaceful fishing expedition in one of our fertile lakes. Capture more breathtaking views of the fall foliage as well.
Here is a list of some of the better lakes for fishing:
Alcova Reservoir – Located near Casper, there are different varieties of trout and walleye which are stocked annually.
Buffalo Bill Reservoir – Located near Cody, fishing is available year round for several varieties of trout.
Guernsey Reservoir – Located in Guernsey State Park, it is stocked with walleye, yellow perch, and catfish.
Keyhole Reservoir – Situated between Moorcroft and Sundance, it has excellent fishing for small mouth bass, catfish, northern pike, and walleye.
Ocean Lake – Located west of Riverton, it supplies many fish varieties. These include bluegill, crappie, green sunfish, perch, trout, and walleye.
Pilot Butte Reservoir – Located near Morton, it offers year round fishing for crappie, ling, and trout.
4. Take a guided tour.
Many of the parks and lakes already mentioned have guided tours for nature walks, boat rides, resorts, and museums. Explore their websites for more information, or go to WyomingTourism.org for a statewide rundown of all the guided tours.
5. Relax and enjoy the views at the Historic Sheridan Inn.
Enjoy lush landscapes of fall colors, storytelling about the Old West, and the comfortable accommodations of the historic hotel, the Sheridan Inn. Our hotel located in the heart of Sheridan Wyoming, serves tasty local cuisine and our hosts will give you plenty of ideas for sightseeing and events.
There are many more ways to experience Wyoming in the fall, but these are some of the more relaxing ways for both tourists and locals. If you are looking for more physically active outings, most of the lakes and state parks are open in the fall season. Some of them host exploration and activities year round. Call us today.