If you're sad to see a Montana Summer come to an end, the upside is that a Montana Fall can be (and usually is) absolutely breathtaking. The colors that erupt across the state are a photographer's dream and you'll find picture-worthy landscapes almost everywhere you look.

FUN FACT: Did you know that Fall is not as long in the Northern Hemisphere vs. the Southern Hemisphere? It's true. According to TimeAndDate.com, "On average, fall lasts for 89.8 days in the Northern Hemisphere and 92.8 days in the Southern Hemisphere." No matter! Even with 3 fewer days of Fall, Montana makes the best of it.

Autumn flowers and rocks - Michelle Wolfe
Autumn flowers and rocks - Michelle Wolfe
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THE LIST: EVERY MOUNTAIN RANGE IN MONTANA

Fall might be the best season in Montana not just for the stunning landscapes and pretty colors. By October, the summer tourist season is long over and ski season has not yet begun. Fewer out of state guests allows locals to enjoy our state a bit more. Shoulder season has always been day-trip season in my book.

Fall South of BZN - Michelle Wolfe
Fall South of BZN - Michelle Wolfe
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One of the absolute coolest things you can see across Montana are trees that not only change colors, but trees that turn rainbow colors before they lose their leaves. They're special because it takes a bit of time for this to happen, so if the Fall season is super short - you won't get the full show. (No filters have been applied to enhance colors!)

Autumn Tree Rainbow - Michelle Wolfe
Autumn Tree Rainbow - Michelle Wolfe
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Sometimes the beauty of Fall in Montana isn't about wild, bright colors. Some of the most interesting scenery is draped in shades of gold and brown. With our mountains for the backdrop, you can't really go wrong.

Paradise Valley south of Livingston - Michelle Wolfe
Paradise Valley south of Livingston - Michelle Wolfe
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Small city parks can be a goldmine to find pretty Fall colors. When towns put some thought into their small spaces and pocket parks, they get more visual 'bang for their buck'. Stick a few pieces of local art in there and you've got a double whammy cool picture.

Fall Art Park MT - Michelle Wolfe
Fall Art Park MT - Michelle Wolfe
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Fall Bridgers - Michelle Wolfe
Fall Bridgers - Michelle Wolfe
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Autumn four bushes - Michelle Wolfe
Autumn four bushes - Michelle Wolfe
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Fall Lone Mountain - Michelle Wolfe
Fall Lone Mountain - Michelle Wolfe
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Fall Gallatin Valley - Michelle Wolfe
Fall Gallatin Valley - Michelle Wolfe
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Hot Air Balloon Rides in Montana: What to Expect [PHOTOS]

A step by step guide of what to expect during your hot air balloon ride in Montana, including costs, locations, how long you fly, where you take off, and where you land. We've got all the info right here, so you can have more fun. If you thought Montana was pretty on the ground...

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Top 5 RV Parks in Montana

When you need more than just a campground, you might need an RV park! Especially if you like to travel the country in a proper Recreational Vehicle, you need to know where to find good places to park for a few days. Montana is home to some very fine RV parks. Here are some of the best that Montana has to offer when you're on the road.

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Montana's Fall To-Do List

How should a Montana resident prepare for the inevitable bout of weird winter Montana weather? Read on for our fall to-do guide. Those leaves aren't going to jump out of the gutter all by themselves...

Gallery Credit: Michelle Wolfe