From high-elevation aspen stands to river-bottom cottonwoods, hillside scrub oak and street-lining ash trees, Wyoming’s deciduous trees are donning their flashiest seasonal colors as fall deepens around the state. 

Cheyenne photographer Peter Arnold captured this blaze of aspen near a Pinedale-area lake, using a drone to find a bird’s eye view of the golden splendor. 

The ephemeral season is often cut short by snowfall, but a relatively warm and dry fall has made for exceptional viewing in 2022. Even so, the leaves that haven’t yet fallen will soon litter the ground. 

Katie Klingsporn reports on outdoor recreation, public lands, education and general news for WyoFile. She’s been a journalist and editor covering the American West for 20 years. Her freelance work has...

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