This Dreamy Road Trip Will Take You To The Best Fall Foliage In All Of Arizona

The Copper State is an autumn lover’s dream, and today, we’re taking you on a road trip to the very best fall foliage in Arizona. From the gilded aspens of Flagstaff to the deep reds, rich ambers, and silky smooth oranges of Sedona’s Oak Creek, this five-hour trip has it all. You’ll even catch a ride on the Verde Canyon Railroad and spend the night in a treehouse surrounded by dazzling fall leaves at Forest Houses Resort.

Check out the official Google Maps directions and feel free to add or take away destinations to better suit your needs! Let’s gooooo!

Would you embark on this fall foliage road trip in Arizona? Tell us your thoughts in the comments section below, then check out our previous article to learn more about why you should spend the night at Forest Houses Resort in the fall.

Address: San Francisco Peaks, Arizona 86001, USA
Address: Lockett Meadow Campground, Flagstaff, AZ 86001, USA
Address: 35°19'52.5"N, 111°42'44.7"W
Address: 9300 N Snow Bowl Rd, Flagstaff, AZ 86001, USA
Address: Bill Williams Mountain, Williams, AZ 86046, USA
Address: West Fork Oak Creek Trailhead, W Fork Trail, Sedona, AZ 86336, USA
Address: Verde Canyon Railroad, 300 N Broadway, Clarkdale, AZ 86324, USA
Address: Forest Houses Resort, 9275 AZ-89A, Sedona, AZ 86336, USA

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Fall Foliage In Arizona

August 20, 2022

Where should I go for a fall road trip in Arizona?  

Arizona is beautiful year-round, but autumn is especially magical. Sure, the east coast might get all the glory when it comes to vivid fall color, but don’t let that fool you: the desert southwest can be truly breathtaking during the transitional season between summer and winter. Some of the best destinations for a fall road trip in Arizona include the Humphrey Peaks, where you can check out Arizona Snowbowl and see some of the best of the best of colors on some of the best hiking trails in Arizona, like Kachina Trail and Humphrey’s Peak Trail. Come October, you’ll discover a wonderland of golds, oranges, and reds.  

Where can I see the best fall color in Arizona?  

Of course, Mt. Humphreys isn’t the only place to see Arizona’s fall color at its best. Check out Mount Lemmon, in Tucson, an amazing drive during which you’ll pass through no less than four different types of biome on the way up. Then, there’s the Boyce Thompson Arboretum, in Superior, which has thousands of species of trees (both native species and non-native) that turn truly brilliant in autumn. Another splendidly scenic fall color drive in Arizona is the 89A from Sedona to Flagstaff, which is one of the most beautiful drives in the United States – and it’s ours, all ours!  

Is there an Arizona fall foliage map available for 2022 yet?  

Though it’s impossible to truly “forecast” fall color, you’ll find plenty of resources online for leaf-peeping in Arizona. There’s the City of Flagstaff’s “Leafometer”, which park rangers update multiple times throughout the entire season, using a system that shows where the leaves are at in the color-changing process in various spots all over northern Arizona – it’s quite helpful when trying to plan a quick jaunt up north to see the color! Another website, SmokyMountains.com, provides maps and interactive charts for its own fall color forecasts. Both resources are very helpful.  

Address: San Francisco Peaks, Arizona 86001, USA
Address: Lockett Meadow Campground, Flagstaff, AZ 86001, USA
Address: 35°19'52.5"N, 111°42'44.7"W
Address: 9300 N Snow Bowl Rd, Flagstaff, AZ 86001, USA
Address: Bill Williams Mountain, Williams, AZ 86046, USA
Address: West Fork Oak Creek Trailhead, W Fork Trail, Sedona, AZ 86336, USA
Address: Verde Canyon Railroad, 300 N Broadway, Clarkdale, AZ 86324, USA
Address: Forest Houses Resort, 9275 AZ-89A, Sedona, AZ 86336, USA

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