Foliage in Bismarck North Dakota

Best Places to View Fall Foliage in North Dakota

In North Dakota, fall foliage begins showing up in early September and reaches its peak by the end of the month or mid-October depending on location. Visitors use this time to tour areas of heavy forest growth like the Turtle Mountains or river valleys. Check back weekly updates. (Sept. 23 report)

Southern Red River Valley

Look for changes along the Red River and in shelterbelts through fields beginning in mid-September. About 20% of leaves have changed.

Fargo, ND
United States

Northern Red River Valley

Fall colors of yellow, red and orange cover 30-40% Look for changes along the Red River and in shelterbelts through fields.

Grand Forks, ND
United States

Turtle River State Park

The heavily wooded park glows with fall colors through September and October. About 50% of trees with rust, lime green, yellow and gold. 

Arvilla, ND
United States

Pembina Gorge

The heavily wooded Pembina Gorge displays a mosaic of color when fall arrives near the Canadian border. About 80% have started to change with reds and yellows appearing prominently.

Walhalla, ND
United States

Fort Ransom State Park

Forested hillsides at the southern end of the Sheyenne River Valley National Scenic Byway. About 40% have changed, in addition to 20-25% of sumac.

Fort Ransom, ND
United States

Devils Lake

Woodlands around the lake will become brightly lit with color as fall creeps ever so closer. Approximately 50% have begun to turn, with yellows and orange figuring priminently.

Devils Lake, ND
United States

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 80-90% of leaves are showing their fall colors. Colors include green, yellow, orange and red.

Bottineau, ND
United States

Bismarck-Mandan

Fall brings a rich, vibrant color change to sites all along the Missouri River, especially on the hillsides and bottom lands in the Bismarck-Mandan area. Between 30-70% of leaves in the area are showing  yellows and reds and green by location.

Bismarck, ND
United States

Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park

The hills above the Missouri River take on a colorful look when the days turn shorter. Leaves are changing colors to yellow and various greens. About 60% have changed.

Mandan, ND
United States

Cross Ranch State Park/Washburn

Thousands of river bottom woodland acres explode with various colors, attracting hikers and campers alike to the state park. About 5% of trees are showing color, mostly yellow.


Washburn, ND
United States

Theodore Roosevelt National Park South Unit

The Badlands of western North Dakota take on a whole new look in fall as trees along the river bottoms begin their annual change. Less than 35-40% have changed, with yellow, green and red showing.


Medora, ND
United States

Theodore Roosevelt National Park North Unit

The valley and hillsides of the rugged North Unit come alive with colors in the fall. About 50% of ash trees have turned yellow and orange. Cottonwoods turning.


Watford City, ND
United States