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Great Leaf Peeping in the National Parks

USA Today Travel recently wrote an article discussing how national parks are a great place to experience the beautiful colors of fall.  The article mentions of The Dude Ranchers’ Association‘s very own Triangle X Ranch located in Grand Teton National Park.  Following is an excerpt.

by David and Kay Scott, NationalParksTraveler.com

As the days grow cooler and darkness lingers a little longer, it’s time to savor the brilliant colors of fall. The glorious reds, bright yellows, and vivid oranges produced by oaks, maples, cottonwoods, sumac, and other broad-leaved trees and shrubs become a visual treat in much of the country.

What better place to view this grand spectacle than a national park? What’s more, children are back in school and crowds are down. Some national park lodges even offer discounts during this shoulder season. Here’s a sampling of parks with lodging facilities.

The Western Parks 

For foliage colors farther west consider America’s first national park, Yellowstone, and itssouthern neighbor, Grand Teton National Park. A fall visit to either of these Wyoming parks avoids the summer crowds and is likely to result in more wildlife sightings. Peak time for the leaves is generally from mid-to-late September and early October. Yellowstone has nine lodging facilities spread throughout the park. All are managed by Xanterra Parks and Resorts. Closing dates are frommid-September to mid-October (travelyellowstone.com; 888-297-2757).

Grand Teton National Park has five lodging facilities, three of which are managed by Grand Teton Lodge Company (gtlc.com; 800-628-9988): Colter Bay Village  closes in late September; Jackson Lake Lodge  and Jenny Lake Lodge  each close in early October. Signal Mountain Lodge  with 79 cabin units, including a few with kitchens, closes in mid-October (signalmountainlodge.com; 307-543-2831). Triangle X Ranch  is a dude ranch that requires a four-night minimum stay from September to the first week in November when it closes for the season (triangleX.com; 307-733-2183). According to Triangle X employee Megan Johnson, the park has been through a relatively dry year and the aspen and cottonwoods have already started to change colors, a process that is likely to last through early October.

For more information or to make reservations please visit www.trianglex.com or call 307-733-2183

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