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Explore One of Idaho’s Best Fall Foliage Displays at Palisades Reservoir

It’s that time of year again, folks!

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The leaves are changing colors, sweaters are coming out of storage, and a warm campfire has never been more inviting. With fall settling in quickly, now is the time to make plans to catch Idaho’s beautiful foliage. Don’t wait on this one - these colors will be gone before you know it!

Photo: Josh Packer

Palisades Reservoir is the ideal location for a long and leisurely weekend drive. The road winds for 20 miles surrounded by the colorful mountains to one side and the water to the other.

Photo: Josh Packer

Sunrise or sunset is the best time for this fall adventure. The golden light stretching over the mountains onto the orange, red, and yellow leaves is magical.

Photo: Josh Packer

If you’re a photographer, you’ll be in heaven. There are plenty of pull-offs along the road where you can hop out to snap a few shots. Bring some snacks and a warm drink and spend a few hours taking it all in.

Explore more fall adventures at Visit Idaho.

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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