Fall Outdoor Activities – Palouse Style
Fall In The Palouse Is Lively!
In addition to being a great place to start a business, the Palouse is home to an expanding venue of outdoor activities for people of all ages, skills and risk tolerances. The Palouse is bordered by southeastern Washington State, northern Idaho and is a major agricultural, viticulture, technology and outdoor recreation hub. This area is a magnet for photographers, birdwatchers, hikers, cyclists, history buffs, sports enthusiasts, golfers, foodies, college students, retirees, and all who love being surrounded by outdoor activities and open spaces. It’s within a day’s drive of Canada, Seattle, Yellowstone Park, the Columbia River Gorge, Washington and Idaho’s wine country, areas first discovered by Lewis and Clark, and the Salmon River’s whitewater kayaking, canoeing and rafting communities. Indeed, outdoor zealots from all points of the compass make annual treks to experience the region’s seasonal features.
Fill Your Fall Full With Outdoor Activities
Northwest River Sports – what began as a professor’s overflow garage inventory has grown to a global outfitter for search and rescue crews, rafters, kayakers, and others.
Birding – with a local chapter of the Audubon Society, birdwatching is always in season.
Hiking and Exploring – with everything from urban landscapes to state parks, national forests, and waterways – the Palouse is “feet friendly”
Parks – Palouse Falls, Kamiah Butte, Steptoe Butte, Elk Creek Falls are just a few
Biking – from urban bike lanes to countryside trails and mountain biking there’s something for everyone
Our Full-Spectrum Fall
The Palouse has all four seasons and is a fall photographers dream. In early fall, farmers will plow fields and plant winter crops in the brown soils of the autumn Palouse. Deciduous trees in the University of Idaho’s Arboretum create brilliant red, orange and yellow color palettes to photograph from September through early November. Stubble fields consisting of rows of bright tan cut crop stems make for desolate–though not quite barren– subjects in the fall and winter. Rains return in mid to late September, especially in the more eastern and northern regions and in the higher elevations of the surrounding mountains, and sometimes misty scenes are possible, especially near rivers and creeks in the early morning hours.