A Local’s Guide to Sheridan’s Fall Colors
Autumn is finally here. Wrap yourself in your favorite scarf and puffy vest, get in line for pumpkin-spiced everything, and book a day off to rumble through the Koltiska Pumpkin Patch. Summertime in Sheridan gets most of the press, but fall is when the county truly come alive – the mountains are cast in a thousand colors, the crowds have receded, and wildlife are out to play. Our Local’s Guide to Sheridan’s Fall Colors will put you in position to see Sheridan at its finest and most vibrant.
Little Goose Canyon is located roughly 15 miles south of Sheridan on Wyoming Highway 335 (four-wheel drive vehicle recommended). Experience a pristine woodland of aspen, oak, cottonwood and pine. Little Goose Creek snakes through the canyon breathing life into the forest. Keep an eye out for elk and moose.
The Redgrade Trails System is 15 miles southwest of Sheridan and offers easy to moderate hikes, mountain bike trails, and panoramic views of the foothills. Observe thick aspen groves cast up in orange and yellow that are elegantly complimented by a variety of pine species. The Redgrade Trails are easily accessible to all vehicles: two well-maintained parking lots provide plenty of room for vehicles.
Kendrick Park in Sheridan is a hot spot for enjoying all of the autumn colors. Kendrick Park, established in 1905, runs parallel to Big Goose Creek on the west side of town. Locals often picnic here and enjoy the nice fall weather. Sculptures made of fallen trees, carved by local tree artisan, David Peterson, compliment the natural features. The Trail End Historic Site, just up the hill, is host to immaculately manicured grounds. The Flemish Revival style mansion, completed in 1913, was home to cattleman, governor, and state senator John B. Kendrick.
South Park Natural Area is located on East Brundage Lane on the south end of town. The walking path offers up stunning views of the Bighorns, wildlife habitats, and hundreds of cottonwood that throw fiery fall colors high into the sky. Visit before dusk to fully experience the kaleidoscope of autumn.
Tongue River Canyon is located 26 miles from Sheridan (35 minute drive), just outside the beautiful small town of Dayton. The towering canyon walls dressed in garlands of pine create a stunning contrast to the deciduous trees that lay their roots along the river. Tongue River Canyon is one of Sheridan’ County’s most spectacular recreation destinations – hike, fish for trout, photography wildlife, explore ancient cave systems or simply marvel at the rocky architecture and fall colors.
Jeff Shanor | Sheridan Travel & Tourism
Jeff Shanor is Sheridan Travel & Tourism’s 2018-2019 marketing and media intern. Jeff is a student at Sheridan College enrolled in the Business Administration Program (Class of 2019). Jeff is an experienced outdoor enthusiast interested in developing winter season recreation opportunities, entrepreneurship, and photography, videography and digital media.