When to enjoy fall foliage in Idaho
Idaho's fall color is best from late September through October. Before leaving on your foliage-viewing trip, here are some resources to help you get the most up-to-date color status:
- Intermountain Region Forest Service Updates
- Northern Region Forest Service Updates or 1-800-354-4595
- US Forest Service Fall Color Information
Where to go to enjoy fall foliage in Idaho
Idaho Section of the International Selkirk Loop
The International Selkirk Loop is an acclaimed scenic byway that passes through British Columbia, Washington, and Idaho. The Idaho portion runs from Priest River, through Sandpoint and Bonners Ferry, to the border town of Porthill. To get an up close view of the fall foliage, stop along the way for a hike and some wildlife viewing at The Little Pend Oreille National Wildlife Refuge.
If you don't have the time to do the entire trip, you can break it down into the following lengths:
Pend Oreille National Scenic Byway
This scenic byway begins north of Sandpoint on Idaho Highway 200 and runs east to the Idaho-Montana border. Much of the route skirts the shores of Lake Pend Oreille, providing gorgeous water views to accompany the colorful fall display.
Teton Scenic Byway
Spectacular fall color, set against views of the Teton Mountain Range, makes for some truly memorable scenery. This sometimes-winding route runs along several state highways in Eastern Idaho, passing through the towns of Ashton, Tetonia, and Driggs.