Fall Fun in the Yellowstone Teton Territory
- Posted On
- Oct 09, 2020
- Things to Do
Activities near Yellowstone
Animals near Yellowstone
When the fall chill starts to set in, it’s not time to hibernate. It’s time to head out and enjoy the Yellowstone Teton Territory during one of its most stunning seasons. Whether you’d rather go look at fall leaves, spend some time fishing, or enjoy harvest festivities, the region offers something for everyone during autumn.
Leaf Peeping Along Mesa Falls Scenic Byway
Drive the Mesa Falls Scenic Byway for stunning views and gorgeous fall colors. Pack a picnic and plan on spending some time exploring Upper and Lower Mesa Falls. Or opt for a longer 215-mile driving option which includes numerous stops along the way, including the Teton Geotourism Center, Upper and Lower Mesa Falls, Henry’s Fork of the Snake River, Harriman State Park, and St. Anthony Sand Dunes.
Fall is a great time to look for animals, so head out to Harriman State Park and Yellowstone National Park to watch for wildlife. Harriman State Park is a hotspot for elk, moose, and trumpeter swans, while Yellowstone is also a place to see bears, wolves, bison, and other animals. Keep an eye on road conditions and be prepared for rapidly changing weather. Be sure to check Yellowstone’s road status page for updates on park roads and be prepared for roads to close earlier than scheduled due to weather conditions.
Boo at the Zoo, Idaho Falls
Boo at the Zoo is a fun family Halloween celebration at Tautphaus Park Zoo in Idaho Falls. Enjoy 1,000 pumpkins, light sculptures, and half a million lights. The zoo is packed with trick-or-treat stations for your little ghouls and goblins to stock up on treats. The event is “Merry not Scary,” and features a costume contest. While 2020’s event is canceled, keep an eye on the event’s webpage and Facebook page for future dates and details.
Souper Bowl Party, Driggs
Teton Arts Council’s annual Souper Bowl fundraiser lets each attendee select a hand-made bowl, fill it with amazing soup to enjoy, and then bring the bowl home at the end of the evening. The annual event is the main fundraiser of the year for the Teton Arts Council, so be sure to check out its website and Facebook page for dates and details.
Planet Doom Haunted House, Idaho Falls
Prepare to be terrified at the Planet Doom Haunted House in Idaho Falls. In 2019, it remodeled 80 percent of its space, providing 20,000 square feet of new frights. The haunted house includes horrifying pneumatic and animatronic props, scary lighting, and spooky special effects.
Pumpkin Patches and Mazes
Pumpkins, straw mazes, and family fun await at a number of regional locations. The U Pick Red Barn in Idaho Falls offers a full array of pumpkins—from traditional orange to striped green to bumpy, freckled ones—as well as fun things to do like take a ride on the “U-Pick Red Barn Train.” Try out the new pumpkin cannon, which lets the launcher shoot pumpkins, potatoes, corn, and water bottles at 150 miles per hour at targets. Try getting lost in the straw maze, play in the corn pit, or have a leaping good time on one of the jump pads. When you get hungry, tasty treats like caramel corn, pumpkin honey, mini donuts drizzled in caramel, hot dogs, and nachos await. In St. Anthony, RC Acres Pumpkin Patch offers pumpkins and plenty of family fun like pedal go-carts, a corn pit, barrel train ride, corn hole, and more.
Go Fishing on the Snake River
October is the best month to fish for large trout, according to Henry’s Fork Anglers. Try dry fly fishing in Harriman State Park or fish for trophy trout on Henry’s Lake or Island Park Reservoir. Henry’s Fork Anglers is located in Island Park and a great spot to pick up flies, gear, and fishing licenses, as well as to hire a knowledgeable local guide. Be sure to check out fishing reports, a hatch chart, water level information, and more on their website.