Scenic Autumn Drive through Palisades Reservoir

Palisades Reservoir, Irwin, Idaho, United States

  • Activities:

    Chillin, Fishing, Photography

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Autumn

Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
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Scenic

Palisades Reservoir during autumn is one of the most scenic drives you'll find in Idaho. You can also enjoy all the fall colors in one spot. 

If you're heading to Grand Teton National Park from Idaho Falls and are looking to take the most scenic route, make sure to take US 26 E through Palisades Reservoir. The fall colors light up the mountain sides for 20 miles as you drive along the windy road. There are multiple pull offs to capture the colorful foliage, so take your time to enjoy the scenery. 

The best time to catch the fall colors at Palisades Reservoir would be within the first couple weeks of September and possibly into the first week of October. There are a variety of trees that change colors at different times. Usually the reds and oranges come first followed by the yellow quaking aspens. Try to visit the reservoir at sunrise or sunset. At sunrise the sun comes up from behind to light up the mountains across the reservoir. If you're lucky, at sunset the clouds light up the sky and reservoir. 

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Awesome drive. I live in Idaho Falls and I love making the drive through Palisades in all seasons but especially fall.

about 2 months ago
about 2 months ago

Josh Packer Explorer

I love exploring Idaho and other nearby states. I live in Idaho with my wife and three boys. I'm a full-time accountant but obsessed photographer and adventurer.

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