Fall feels especially brief in Wyoming.
The weather can change from sweltering to snowy in a matter of weeks. You don't have to live long in the Cowboy State to experience sub-zero temperatures, or even a blizzard, in October or November.
But autumn, however short, still has its charms. Most of the year, Wyoming's landscape is either white snow or brown prairie. But for those few weeks of fall, parts of the state explode in color as the trees -- primarily aspens, but also willows and maples -- turn gold, orange and red.
It doesn't take a lot of effort to find these fall colors. Several scenic byways offer impressive views without leaving the car. There are also plenty of trails just off the highway, should you want to get a closer look. And the end of summer also means the end of crowds, so you'll be able to enjoy all the scenery in peace.
Aspen Alley, a striking grove of trees that line a forest road in the Sierra Madres, is one of the most notable spots for a stunning fall view. But it's hardly the only one, said Chris Mickey of the Wyoming Office of Tourism.
"Another great place is the Bridger Teton National Forest," he explained in an email. "It is absolutely incredible in the fall there. Of course, there are Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks that can't be discounted. Even Devils Tower has some pretty gorgeous fall colors.
"Beyond that, almost every scenic byway or backway in the state will provide a great chance to enjoy the fall."
If you're looking to enjoy Wyoming's fall colors, here are some suggestions to get you started.