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Old 06-23-2019, 07:35 AM
 
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Many sources indicate that early October to November is the best time for fall color in Bozeman. It seems that it would be possible also to get snow during this time. What about mid-September? Would this afford you decent fall color in the area? What is the general weather pattern like in September? I was planning a possible trip out and wanted to get some input. Thank you.
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Old 06-24-2019, 05:46 PM
 
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Mid September will have some color change (more so in higher elevations) but will still be relatively green and still hot. Snow is a possibility in higher elevations that time, lower chance in the lower elevations.
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Old 06-24-2019, 05:49 PM
 
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Mid September will have some color change (more so in higher elevations) but will still be relatively green and still hot. Snow is a possibility in higher elevations that time, lower chance in the lower elevations.
Thanks so much! This gives me an idea of what to plan towards.
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Old 06-24-2019, 06:10 PM
 
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"Fall colors" will be in town, along the rivers and at an elevation band where the aspens are. There won't be fall colors in the majority of forested areas where the conifers dominate.


Don't expect fall colors in Montana to last past mid-October. It could happen but it isn't likely to go much past that most years.
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Old 06-24-2019, 07:30 PM
 
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Come visit in September & add a trip to Yellowstone Park. It is the very best time to go to the park --- no crowds.
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Old 06-24-2019, 10:29 PM
 
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Come visit in September & add a trip to Yellowstone Park. It is the very best time to go to the park --- no crowds.
Absolutely! And the elk are bugling.
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Old 06-25-2019, 05:49 AM
 
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Is Yellowstone too much for a day trip from Bozeman...would it be better to stay somewhere in the park?
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Old 06-25-2019, 10:28 AM
 
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People do both depending on how much time they want to spend in park and driving in single day. Check how late in season the accommodations and roads are open. It can vary by section of park.
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Old 06-25-2019, 05:09 PM
 
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I would make reservations for the Holiday Inn in West Yelowstone now. We've done that many Falls.

Get a cooler & get to go sandwiches etc from the deli shop & assorted drinks.

Since it'll be after Labor Day , summer hotel rates will no longer apply.

The park has a loop road. Take the time to get out on some of the walking trails & see some little geysers. Also Mammoth Springs is really cool.


https://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/hiking.htm
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Old 06-25-2019, 07:06 PM
 
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I would make reservations for the Holiday Inn in West Yelowstone now. We've done that many Falls.

Get a cooler & get to go sandwiches etc from the deli shop & assorted drinks.

Since it'll be after Labor Day , summer hotel rates will no longer apply.

The park has a loop road. Take the time to get out on some of the walking trails & see some little geysers. Also Mammoth Springs is really cool.


https://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/hiking.htm
Is the W. Yellowstone entrance recommended over Gardiner?
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