Fall leaves in Arizona

Where to See Fall Color in Arizona

Arizona may be better known for its saguaro cactuses and red rocks than for its fall color, but determined leaf peepers are sure to be delighted by the show that’s put on here every October.

From the famous yellow aspens in Northern Arizona to the bright orange maple leaves in the mountains of central and southern Arizona, there is something for everyone to discover throughout the state.

Northern Arizona

Aspen Nature Loop, Flagstaff

See the famous groves of aspen aglow in brilliant shades of gold. This is easy enough for the whole family, but you will be sharing the trail with others (and maybe a LOT of others).

Best time to go early October through mid-October

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West Fork Canyon, Sedona

This hike has it all, from red rock narrows to a glittering creek to an impressive display of orange and red, thanks to the maple trees lining the creek. Very popular, so go early.

Best time to go mid-October through early November

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Sterling Pass, Sedona

If West Fork is too packed for your liking, try this trail that passes through a dense, shady forest that is sure to be decorated in radiant autumn glory.

Best time to go mid-October through early November

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Aspen trees on the Aspen Nature Loop in Flagstaff, Arizona

Central Arizona

Fall color in See Canyon in Arizona

Barbershop Trail, Mogollon Rim

In summer, this trail that’s part of the Cabin Loop delights with springs, wildflowers, and rushing creeks. In autumn, it transforms into a leaf peeping wonderland.

Best time to go early October through mid-October

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See Canyon, Payson

The fall color here begins right at the parking lot and treats hikers to a nonstop show of leaves aflame in autumn splendor. See Spring makes a worthy destination.

Best time to go mid-October through late October

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Horton Creek, Payson

Though there isn’t as much fall color here as at See Canyon, you’ll still enjoy splashes of color as you follow this perennial creek through a forested fantasyland.

Best time to go mid-October through late October

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Southern Arizona

Ramsey Canyon, Sierra Vista

Benches, rocking chairs, bird feeders, and historic homes make this trail more of a stroll than a hike. More ambitious hikers can venture into the Miller Peak Wilderness.

Best time to go mid-November through late November

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Miller Canyon, Sierra Vista

This pretty canyon is packed with dense foliage that attracts birds and birdwatchers alike. You’ll find clusters of fiery maple leaves as you follow the creek up canyon.

Best time to go late October through early November

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Marshall Gulch, Tucson

It’s hard to find a hike prettier than this one on Mount Lemmon, and in the fall, it lights up in every shade of orange and amber imaginable.

Best time to go early October through mid-October

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Hamburg Creek

Know another great spot for fall color in Arizona? Let us know in the comments below!

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Disclaimer Outdoor activities have inherent risk, and we will not be able to tell you all the risks you may face. You are responsible for your own safety, so prepare as well as you can and know your limits. Follow this guide at your own risk. And have fun!


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