Did you know that Fall has an actual scent? For most places around the country, it comes from the falling leaves, something we do not really experience in the Sonoran Desert. Many enjoy a day trip to the higher elevations to hike among the golden beauty of the season. Here are ten great places around Arizona to see them.
NORTH RIM OF GRAND CANYON
Drive to Cape Royal and stop at Point Imperial along the way for beautiful views of the Grand Canyon and golden aspens.
Located in the San Francisco Peaks north of Flagstaff, Locket Meadow is at the edge of a large stand of aspen and the beginning of the Inner Basin Trail. This is a heavy use trail.
The road to Arizona Snowbowl just outside of Flagstaff offers three great options for enjoying the golden aspens: Aspen Corner, the Aspen Loop Trail, and Kachina Trail.
ABINEAU-BEAR JAW TRAIL
Located near Flagstaff, this trail is loaded with quaking aspens in the fall. It is a favorite trail year-round.
OAK CREEK CANYON
Located north of Sedona, this is arguably one of the most beautiful areas in our state. There are multiple areas and trails to choose from to enjoy Fall leaves.
Horton Creek is at the base of the Mogollon Rim near Kohl’s Ranch. The trail follows the creek and is surrounded by pines and lots of Fall colors.
The White Mountains are a great place to visit for some solitude and Fall leaves. Thompson Trail #629 is a great way to get up close to the leaves and get away from crowds.
BOYCE THOMPSON ARBORETUM
Learn about native plants while enjoying the colors of Fall. Check the website for hours of operation.
Located southeast of Tucson, Madera Canyon is a great place for birdwatching and Fall leaves. Includes a wheelchair-accessible trail.
Located 50 miles northeast of Tucson, Aravapai Canyon offers beautiful isolation along a river stream. Only BLM trailheads are currently open.