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September 27th, 2017

Here Are the Best Spots to Take in the Colors of the Arizona Fall

Fall in the desert doesn’t bring the vibrantly colored leaves that other places enjoy.

But that doesn’t mean that Arizona doesn’t have any autumn glory to share.

Let’s take a look at some of the best places to go to take in the fall colors that Arizona has to offer.


The aspens of Flagstaff are an autumn sight to behold.

Hart Prairie Road will take you through meadows and conifer forests, dotted with groupings of aspens.

A windy October day will shower you with yellow and gold leaves – not what comes to most people’s minds when they think of fall in Arizona!

To get a stunning view from the top, take a chairlift at Arizona Snowbowl.

It will take you up 11,500 feet of brightly colored leaves. At the top, you can ask questions of a forest service ranger stationed at the top.

The ride up and down takes about 25 minutes and you’ll enjoy every delightful second.

If getting right amongst the trees is more your speed, there are a variety of trails that will take you through the San Francisco Peaks.

The five-mile Kachina Trail dips down and immerses you in aspen trees almost immediately.

Veit Springs is a shorter, one and a half mile hike that goes past some old homesteads.


The drive through Oak Creek Canyon between Flagstaff and Sedona is a must-see in the fall.

If you’ve always wanted to experience a New England autumn without leaving Arizona, the West Fork Trail is your best bet.

You’ll find box elders, willows, velvet ash and bigtooth maple trees.

The underbrush is made up of grapevines Virginia creeper and sumac in varying vibrant colors.

The bonus is the sound of a flowing stream and birds singing. Sounds like a dream, doesn’t it?

The peak season to enjoy this area is from mid-October to near the end of November.

Not surprisingly, the area is pretty full on autumn weekends so a trip during the week is well worth it.

The Huckaby Trails, Secret Canyon and Allens Bend Trail are all a little more off the beaten path and offer greater solitude.

North Rim of the Grand Canyon

If you’d like a little longer of a road trip, consider taking State Route 67.

It winds through a landscape thick with colorful aspens.

Temperatures drop comfortably as you get close to the rim, which lends to the fall feel.

The brightest colors begin near the end of September and have their peak in early October.

Canyon de Chelly National Monument has cottonwoods and willow trees that can be counted on to put on an impressive color-show.

From the rim roads, you can hike down to the bottom of the canyon, enjoying the foliage as you go.

You can also book a jeep tour to make the journey much less intense but no less lovely.

Enjoy an Arizona autumn

Traveling out of the desert toward Flagstaff, Sedona and the North Rim of the Grand Canyon is the best way to take in the fall colors.

Though Arizona isn’t the first place that comes to mind when you think of colorful places to enjoy in the fall, you should add these breathtaking locations to your list of must-see trips.


Do you have a favorite spot to take in the glory of an Arizona autumn?

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