Fall is Montana’s most colorful and quiet season. Combine the fall colors with fewer visitors and wide-open spaces and autumn is perhaps one of our loveliest seasons. Flathead has plenty of leaf peeping options coupled with a charming Montana Dude Ranch and friendly folks. All working together to create the perfect backdrop for your fall getaway.

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The Hues

Every autumn, the valleys and mountain peaks of Montana say goodbye to the green shades of summer and hello to the colors of fall. At Flathead Lodge, the colors compliment the mountains and the gorgeous lake. Get out on the lake or go hiking and be submerged by the canopy of colorful leaves. You will never have to leave the Montana Dude Ranch to experience fall. Flathead Lake is the largest natural freshwater lake in the West. Hike the ranch’s paths and take pictures and collect leaves. Gather leaves that are unique in color and shape and press them into a journal. You can either leave the dry leaves or take them off and see the imprint. Post your pictures from the trip on top and create a unique scrapbook to commemorate your trip.

The Breeze

Fall is in the air. There is nothing better than hiking with the cool weather and wrapping up in a blanket next to the fire. That is why at Averill’s Flathead Lodge fall is our favorite time to be outside. It is the best weather to go biking, hiking, and horseback riding. Our riding program is focused on you, meaning you can ride as much or as little as you like. Pick and chose what riding experience you would like from day to day. In Fall you can enjoy our 2,000-acre private ranch on horseback and see all the fall foliage. Exploring the mountain wilderness, spectacular lake views, and our private elk preserve while feeling the wind in your hair.

The Trout

Montana is famous for its waters and hard fighting trout. You can fish any time of the year in Montana, but in the fall it is the best time. There are fewer people on the river, and the fish are abundant. The river cools down, and the fish come out to eat before winter hits. This leads to a good chance of catching a huge brown trout! Learn to fly fish on the Flathead River, where the fish can be as big as the river is wide or board one of the fishing boats for a day of looking for monster lake trout. Whatever your passions or dreams are, our Montana Dude Ranch is the perfect place for your fishing adventures. We are happy to introduce you to the friendly and skilled guides who will help you catch the perfect fish.

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At Flathead Lake Lodge we are excited to welcome in the cooler weather, the changing leaves, and the abundant fish! We are also happy to welcome you to our Montana Dude Ranch. Experience all the fun amenities that come with staying on Flathead Lake. After a day of fun, autumn adventure enjoy the cozy ambiance of our historic log and rustic cabins. Grab your sweater and get ready for endless fall activities at flathead lodge.