Best Places to View Fall Foliage in North Dakota

In North Dakota, fall foliage begins showing up in early to mid-September and reaches its peak by the end of the month or mid- to late-October depending on location. Visitors use this time to tour areas of heavy forest growth like the Turtle Mountains or river valleys. Check back often for weekly updates.

1
Southern Red River Valley

About 60-70% of trees have turned yellow, orange or red. Snow is expected in the coming days

Fargo, ND
2
Northern Red River Valley

Colors are mostly orange and yellow with some reds sprinkled in. About 85-90% of trees have turned. Snow is expected in the coming days.

Along the Red and Red Lake rivers Grand Forks, ND
3
Turtle River State Park

Yellow is the predominant color in the heavily wooded park. About 90% have turned. Snow is expected in the coming days.

20 miles west of Grand Forks on Highway 2 Arvilla, ND 58502
4
Pembina Gorge

The heavily wooded Pembina Gorge is displaying a mosaic of color near the Canadian border. About 90% of trees have turned. Heavy snow is expected in the coming days

Rendezvous Region Walhalla, ND
5
Fort Ransom State Park

Forested hillsides at the southern end of the Sheyenne River Valley National Scenic Byway are showing rust, lime, green, yellow and red in about 50% of trees. Snow is exopected in thwe coming days.

Fort Ransom, ND
6
Devils Lake

Woodlands around the lake are awash in color. About 75% have started showing colors. Heavy snow is expected in the coming days.

Devils Lake, ND
7
Turtle Mountains/Lake Metigoshe

One of the most colorful landscapes in North Dakota during the fall is near Lake Metigoshe in the Turtle Mountains. About 95% of trees are showing color. Heavy snow expected in coming days.

Dunseith, ND
8
Bismarck-Mandan

Fall brings a rich, vibrant color change along the Missouri River, especially on the hillsides and bottom lands . Yellow, orange and red colors have appeared in about 65 to 70% of trees. Snow is expected in the coming days.

Bismarck, ND
9
Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park

The trees along the Missouri River are yellow and the underbrush red at the former home of the 7th Cavalry and On-A-Slant Village. About 65% of trees are showing fall colors. Snow is expected in coming days.

4480 Fort Lincoln Road Mandan, ND 58554
10
Cross Ranch State Park/Washburn

Thousands of river bottom woodland acres have exploded in color. Ash and elm leaves are falling and cottonwoods are turning yellow. About 90% have turned. Snow expected in coming days.

1403 River Road Washburn, ND 58530
11
Theodore Roosevelt National Park South Unit

The Badlands of western North Dakota take on a whole look in fall. Yellows appear in ash trees and some other reds abound. About 70% have turned. Snow is expected in coming days.

Medora, ND 58645
12
Theodore Roosevelt National Park North Unit

The valley and hillsides of the rugged North Unit are alive with color. Ash trees are showing red and yellow is the predominant color in river bottoms and draws. About 890% have turned. Some snow is expected in coming days.

Theodore Roosevelt National Park - North Unit Watford City, ND
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