America’s 192 million acre National Forest System is special 365 days a year.
But for many of us, as the quaking aspen golden, the western larch yellow, western chokecherry orange, and the native maple trees of the American West turn red, America’s national forests take on a whole new enchanting—and even cozy—vibe.
To help celebrate this time of the year, we’ve selected some of our favorite fall images from national forests throughout the West. We invite you to scroll through and enjoy!
P.S. After you do some virtual “leaf peeping” please make sure to take action to protect and restore America’s national forests.
Fall colors light up a creek in Montana. Photo by U.S. Forest Service.
Aspen grove on the Kaibab National Forest, Arizona. Photo by U.S. Forest Service Southwestern Region.
Mount St. Helens undergoing a steam eruption during October, 2004 on the Gifford Pinchot National Forest in Washington. Photo by U.S. Forest Service.
Fall colors creekside on the Fremont-Winema National Forest, Oregon. Photo by U.S. Forest Service.
After the delicious berries are long gone, huckleberries turn a vibrant red in the fall. Photo by U.S. Forest Service.
Fall colors and fresh snow on Mount Shuksan in the Mount Baker-Snoqualmine National Forest in Washington make for a dramatic scene. Photo by U.S. Forest Service.
Fall colors from above the Flathead National Forest, Montana. Photo by U.S. Forest Service.
Red trees, blue skies on the Tonto National Forest in Arizona. Photo by Larry Lane/U.S. Forest Service.
A kayaker soaks in the fall colors on the glass-like surface of a river in the Deschutes National Forest of Oregon. Photo by U.S. Forest Service.
Early fall snow on a clump of quaking aspen in the Payette National Forest of Idaho. Photo by Todd Leeds/U.S. Forest Service.
Western larch with Mt. Hood in the background on the Mt. Hood National Forest, Oregon. Photo by U.S. Forest Service.
A blazing aspen grove on the Fishlake National Forest in Utah. Photo by John Zapell/U.S. Forest Service.
A fall diorama on the Willamette National Forest in Oregon. Photo by U.S. Forest Service.
Ponderosa pine surrounded by golden leaves in the Fremont-Winema National Forest of Oregon. Photo by U.S. Forest Service.
The Ruby Mountains during October on the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest of Nevada. Photo by Naaman Horn/U.S. Forest Service.
Western larch starting to turn on the Flathead National Forest in Montana. Photo by U.S. Forest Service.
An early fall snowstorm on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest in Oregon. Photo by J. Fuller/U.S. Forest Service.
Big Sky Country in all its autumn glory. Photo by U.S. Forest Service.
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