When most people think of Arizona only a couple of things come to mind… high temperatures and a desert landscape. A lot of folks would also believe that our state only carries out two seasons of Summer and Winter. One would probably consider venturing out to a different state just to experience the remaining types of seasons. Welp believe it or not, I’m here to tell you that the beautiful state of Arizona does indeed carry all four seasons and it’s only a matter of looking in the right places.
Below are some of the dope spots and activities one can look forward to during Autumn.
Lockett Meadow, Flagstaff
When it comes down to seeing that spectacular season color change, there is no better place than to witness it firsthand at Lockett Meadow. The peak for Aspen trees to display their Golden leave colors is usually during the first two weeks of October. If you plan on coming to hike the Inner Basin Trail then you better make sure you arrive at the trailhead no later than 8:30am. I learned the hard way as I showed up around 10am and it seemed like everyone and their mama came down to check out the Golden Aspen trees. The rangers at the head of the dirt road will turn you back around as the parking lot will reach maximum capacity early in the morning. That didn’t stop me from going to see the colors for myself after waiting a long time. If you were unlucky in getting access to go up the mountain by vehicle, then you have the option of parking at the very start of the dirt road and hike up. About 90 minutes later you will arrive at the trailhead and get to enjoy those highly sought after Fall colors.
Horton Creek, Payson
Horton Creek is a little less hectic as you can show up any time and won’t have to worry about finding a good parking spot. The peak for the season color change in this area is around mid October. The hike itself about 7 miles round trip and considered moderate. Not only will you spot several trees with a variety of Fall colors but you will also get to see several mini waterfalls along the trail. If you plan on coming here I recommend bringing a hammock so you can set it up near the water stream and lay as you hear the sound of wind whispering through the trees.
Apple Annie’s Orchard and Produce Farm, Wilcox
Apple Annie’s is the perfect spot to go out on an adventure with either your date, friends, or family. What makes this place so perfect is all the different activities that the farm offers during the Autumn including fruit picking, corn maze, and delicious food tasting. Of course me and my date fell in love with the Sunflower field. I also strongly suggest you don’t leave without trying their delicious apple pie!
Lantern Festival, Casa Grande
Last but not least there is the Lantern festival that typically takes place twice a year during the Fall and Spring season. Tickets to this event usually sell out so I advise you reserve yours as soon as possible. Whether you are commemorating a loved one or simply going just for fun; one can have a pleasant time listening to live music, pigging out to local food truck vendors, and eating s’mores by the fire-pits. It’s also a good idea to bring your own chair or blanket to the festival.