Fall in Yellowstone Country

Oct 132023

With the wide-open spaces in Yellowstone Country, the bright fall colors seem more pronounced against the big blue sky and green timbers.

Sweetwater Trail, Northfork HWY

Sweetwater Trail, Northfork HWY
Photo courtesy of Robyn Rogers

Driving around town in Cody, the intensity of the yellows and oranges are struck by the morning light and gives the impression of looking directly into the sun. The deep red hue of the Virginia Creeper clinging to fences and climbing up trees is warm and inviting. There is no street in town that isn’t filled with color awaiting the Aspens to be the last to color.

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In town Cody and the City Park
Photos courtesy of Robyn Rogers

 

Once the rain kisses the leaves, the color pops again as the concentric rings of color are mirrored under the trees. Occasionally a breeze will gently blow and rustle the leaves on the streets and in yards.

Cody trees

Photo courtesy of Robyn Rogers

The sky seems to reflect the same fall colors at sunrise and sunset. It requires effort to pull away from the breathtaking scene to attempt to capture a photo that cannot do it justice. Once the wind comes the leaves will disappear in a day leaving the barren trunks and branches reaching for the bluest sky awaiting snowfall to cling to them.  

Southfork View    Pilot and Index Peaks, Beartooth Mountains

Southfork View and Pilot and Index Peaks, Beartooth Mountains, Photos courtesy of Robyn Rogers

Driving up the Southfork or toward Yellowstone National Park via the Northfork HWY or through the Beartooth Mountains to Cooke City, Montana, offers colorful vistas. The aspen trees make a lovely sound referred to as quaking, appearing to tremble in the breeze. 

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Aspens, Northfork HWY and Young Aspen Grove, Beartooth Mountains.  Photos courtesy of Robyn Rogers

The red rosehips, black chokecherries, gooseberries and other wild fruits and currants are ready for harvest in the mountains for our large wild game, small ground critters and birds. If you harvest for your own pleasure, be certain to only pick sparingly from each bush leaving plenty behind for our wildlife.


The elk are still hanging low in pastures and meadows eating up for winter preparation in the fall.

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Rose Hips Along the Shoshone River and Elk in Wapiti Pasture.  Photos Courtesy of Robyn Rodgers

This time of year, it’s noticeable that those aren’t white clouds at the top of the mountains but snow, reminding us to expect more snow any day. 

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Northfork of the Shoshone River
Photo courtesy of Robyn Rogers

As the sun slowly hides behind the mountains, the color changes again with long shadows creating memorable scenes of photographic moments. Enjoy our beauty as you get out and hike, bike, drive and hunt in the mountains of Yellowstone Country.