Spot Fall Colors Near Boise this Autumn

Dated: September 24 2021

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From the peaks of the Idaho Mountains to the dunes, fall in the state is a time to appreciate the beautiful colors of nature. From the trees to the flowers, fall in Idaho is a time to truly enjoy the season's bounty.

The fall colors in Idaho usually last from October to November. In the north and central regions, the leaves start to change in the first few days of October.

Boise, often called "The City of Trees," has plenty of foliage to enjoy during the fall season. The trees along the river belt and downtown area are known to explode with color. Non-native trees such as ash, maples, and oak make up the vibrant colors in downtown Boise. The city's parks and riverbanks are also filled with mature trees that have added vibrant colors. The Idaho Botanical Garden is also a must-visit for its stunning gardens. Take a day trip to Two Island Crossing State Park and Eagle Island State Park, both located within a short drive from Boise. These parks have plenty of beautiful greenery for your Instagram photos. 

Heading Southwest of Boise, check out one of several wineries for a tasting with a fall view. Moscow, just north of Boise, is another location with popular foliage views. Its stunning golds and wheat fields make it a fall favorite. Don't ignore the University of Idaho campus and arboretums for peeping leaves.

From Boise, drive north on Highway 55 to the Payette River Scenic Byway and its tributaries to see the beautiful colors of the wildlife. Or check out the Wildlife Canyon Scenic Byway to the beautiful mountains around McCall.

If hiking is more your style, Idaho's forests are full of natural features that make it a great place to check out the foliage. From the beautiful Sun Valley to the Sawtooth and Caribou-Targhee National forests, it's got something for everyone. Aside from the leaves, check out the waterfalls, fishing, and boating in these spots. 

Whether you’re planning a fall trip or just want to explore Idaho’s scenic byways and state parks, these places will have you captivated by the season’s hues.

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Scott Trefaller

Scott grew up in Orange County, CA. and he and his family moved to Boise in 1972. He graduated from Meridian High School, then obtained a BA in Marketing from Boise State University. He has over 20 ye....

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