Or follow him on Twitter at @weldonjohnson. West Fork Trail: One of the most popular trails in the Coconino National Forest, the trail is 14 miles. Aspen trees are vibrant in the Flagstaff area and other parts of the state are either showing their full colors or will be soon. Meanwhile colors are just starting to pop in Oak Creek Canyon near Sedona. The Arboretum is located off HWY 60 and hours change by  season – check their site for their current hours. It’s maintained for the first 3 miles, and after that, requires you hike in he stream bed among the rest of the 14 mile stretch.. Hart Prairie Road:  This road runs along Forest Service Road 151. If you love to take your family on day trips or, if you are looking for a place to see the beautiful fall leaves change color in Arizona, we have them rounded up below. Here's where to find them. Surprisingly, Arizona is a hotspot for fall color. The trail is near the parking lot where you can walk just 0.25 mile to see maples with deep red leaves. Now check your email to confirm your subscription. The Arboretum is a great place for those who are in the Phoenix area as it’s right outside the town of Superior. For the latter two locations, you'll need a $5 Red Rock Pass available at locations in Sedona and Oak Creek. On the contrary, Northern Arizona is home to a number of high altitude areas which see plenty of golden aspens and brisk temperatures this time of year. This is a great time for a fall road trip through Arizona for a beautiful once-per-year phenomenon is best tackled with a plan. Roger Naylor. Obviously there are probably many more places to catch the beautiful change in colors than what we have below. Your guide to see fall leaves change color in Arizona. Colors have already peaked in the North Kaibab District. © 2020 www.azcentral.com. Mount Lemmon:  Near the top of the 9,000 foot Mountain Lemmon is a parking area, and aspens with a rich, gold color. and last updated 2019-09-06 17:45:00-04. That fork in the road is the start of a 6 mile loop of Terry Flat. Take the scenic drive along State Route 89A from Sedona to Flagstaff to check out spectacular colors along the way. Kaibab National Forest rangers are reporting peak colors with oak trees in the Tusayan Ranger District and the oak and aspen trees on Bill Williams Mountain in the Williams Ranger District. Marshall Gulch Trail:  As you leave Summerhaven, find this area at the en of the mile long road. Milder temperatures and the change of seasons make for some gorgeous colors. From October through November, you can head up to Oak Creek to see maples and oaks. View Comments . According to Discover Flagstaff’s Leaf-ometer as of Oct. 17, conditions are near peak at Flagstaff Arboretum, Arizona Snowbowl (rides on the scenic chairlift are still available), Inner Basin Trail and around the city itself. PHOENIX — Crisp days and cool nights announce the arrival of autumn in Arizona. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Reach the reporter at weldon.johnson@arizonarepublic.com. Harmful Ingredients in Personal Care Products, Ramsey Canyon is nestled in the Huachuca Mountains. We can’t forget to mention the North Rim – which is full of aspens that are changing colors from September to October. The Vista will allow you to get a glimpse of the road ahead. Usually when you mention the changing of the fall leaves, you think northern Arizona – but Tucson has just as many places to view the fall leaves, too. PHOENIX — Crisp days and cool nights announce the arrival of autumn in Arizona. In order to maximize your fall viewing experience we've mapped out a great fall colors viewing experience for you! You can also see the colors off Forest Road (FR) 512, Young Road, off HWY 260 around milepost 284. The answer, at least for us here in Arizona, is very soon – in just a few weeks, to be exact. You will be able to see maple and walnut trees. If anything, this is a great start for anyone looking to hit the road this fall. Success! […] had gone up to Flagstaff for the weekend, hoping to catch the leaves changing colors.  When he came out, he pulled two bottles out of the […]. Not only can you see the fall leaves in mid to late October and early November, you can see any of the 14 species of hummingbirds of as many as 150 species of birds in the preserve. Who doesn’t love fall? That’s a nice loop that will bring you around and right back to where you started. Drive for 4.7 miles, until you reach a fork in the road. Your guide to day trips to see fall leaves change color in Arizona – including Flagstaff, Oak Creek Canyon, and Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park. Overnight Trip:  Head up the 1-17 to Flagstaff. From Alpine:  Go north on HWY 191 for 6 miles. Take HWY 89 north to Bitter Springs. I’d love to think that is largely because most of us are not from here, but are transplants from the midwest. The best place to catch your view is the Kaibab Plateau where you can see a wide few of the leaves. While you are there, make sure you visit the Lowell Observatory or Bearizona. Head up to Flagstaff – it’s by far the #1 location for most of us when we think of all colors. Drive all the way to the end, and walk up the unpaved road. Then turn left (north) on Forest Road 300 toward Woods Canyon Lake. Summer heat has been lingering in much of Arizona, but the shorter days this time of year play a role in the changing leaves as well so the fall show shouldn’t be far behind schedule. Drive the Canyon: Oak Creek Canyon Scenic Drive is about a 14 mile drive along Route 89A between Sedona and Flagstaff. Subscribe to azcentral.com today. Both are laden with aspens, which are beautiful at this time of the year. I would love to know where the location is of the picture at the top please. If you love to take your family on day trips or, if you are looking for a place to see the beautiful fall leaves change color in Arizona, we have them rounded up below. Here's your fall bucket list of 45 things to do while the weather is nice, Your California Privacy Rights / Privacy Policy. From there, take HWY 89 Alt. Drive the canyon OR take West Fork Trail by foot. While it might not feel like fall yet here in Phoenix, it’s definitely starting up in northern Arizona. The leaves peak mid to late November – at that time you can also catch the Arizona Fall Foliage Finale which is usually held between November 20th and December 5th. For the next 30 miles going east you will see some beautiful fall leafy colors. Please try again. Copyright 2019 Scripps Media, Inc. All rights reserved. Best fall-colors hikes and scenic drives in Arizona: Here's how to do them. There was an error submitting your subscription. Unlike the Aspens, which only turn yellow (albeit the most eye-popping yellow we've ever seen), the trees on this trail erupt in a mesmerizing display of bright reds and rich ambers, as well.