Autumn in Yellowstone Country Montana is a season of vibrant colors and experiences that are equally as rich. It’s a season for the senses. The sights and scents and sounds are pure gold. You’ll find classic fall favorites—pumpkin patches, hay rides, corn mazes and apple picking. Craft breweries proudly perfect seasonal ales and coffee shops embrace the beloved pumpkin latte. Captivating mountain towns are alive with harvest festivals, and leaf peeping is utterly astounding in a place this easy to look at.
But there’s more. There’s fall fishing, wildlife watching and room to move around the park. Trails are less traveled. The crisp mountain air has that quintessential fall scent. It might snow or feel just like summer. Discovery and surprises are in abundance here.
Anglers covet autumn in Montana because the rivers cool off and quiet down. Paddlers and floaters become scarce and the cooler waters mean the brown trout are on a pre-winter feeding frenzy. It’s time to fish the fall run on the Madison River and land that trophy trout.
Wildlife watching is at its finest this time of year, too. Birds are traveling the big sky south for the winter and the wildlife is busy foraging in preparation for the colder months. The fall rut is in full effect and the elk are bugling—it’s time to come hear the sound that draws visitors to Yellowstone National Park every fall.
Another park draw? Elbow room—one of the many perks of the park in its favored shoulder season. There’s space to spread out and take in the wild beauty that’s accentuated by autumn’s hues. Plus, this extraordinary landscape spills over for miles. Head north from the park and you’ll find it. Don’t miss the bounty of the big sky in a Yellowstone Country autumn.