As fall quickly approaches, there's no better time to lace up your hiking boots and head out to explore the breathtaking natural beauty of Star Valley. Known for its stunning mountain views, vibrant autumn foliage and numerous trails, the area right outside Afton is a hiker's paradise during the fall season. Here are some of our favorite trails to hike and see the leaves change colors in Star Valley.
Nestled within the Bridger-Teton National Forest, the enchanting Swift Creek Trail beckons with its 5.3-mile journey of awe-inspiring wonders. On the trail, you’ll immerse yourself in a kaleidoscope of gold, orange and crimson leaves. Through this tapestry of colors, the trail is a great way to view wildlife like moose, elk and deer. Make sure to give them plenty of room if they cross your path.
A favorite of both locals and travelers alike, this trail leads to one of the most unique natural wonders in the US - the Periodic Spring. This spring flows consistently for about 15 minutes every hour, making it one of the only known start-and-stop springs in the world that follows a regular schedule. Along the trail, hikers can escape the world in thousands of bright fall foliage contrasting against the area’s stark cliffs and rock formations.
The Bailey Lake Trail is a 9-mile out-and-back trail that is located in the Bridger-Teton National Forest. The trail leads to Bailey Lake, a serene alpine lake that offers entrancing views of the surrounding mountains lit ablaze in bright red and yellow colors. Along the way, hikers will pass through vibrant aspen groves, making it a popular destination for leaf-peeping during the fall season. The trail is rated as moderate in difficulty, making it fairly accessible for most hikers.
This trail is a 7-mile out-and-back trail that leads to Cedar Basin, a pristine valley that is home to a variety of flora and fauna. During the fall season, the region is filled with vibrant colors as the aspen trees burst into their classic autumn show. The trail is prime for experienced hikers and offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains and forests along the way.
Star Valley is a hiker's paradise during the fall season, with numerous trails offering stunning views of the surrounding mountains and vibrant fall foliage. Whether you're a seasoned hiker or just starting out, there's a trail for everyone in Star Valley. Grab your camera and head out to explore the natural beauty of this stunning region.