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Sedona Oak Creek Canyon in late October

Know when exactly to catch the leaves turning in Arizona

In the fall, shorter days plus cooling temperatures in Arizona’s higher elevations turn the state’s mountains and meadows into a technicolor show of yellow, brown, and coral. But the leaf-peeping season is a short one, so here’s a quick list and a handy map of when and where to capture the beauty of fall leaves throughout the state.

MID OCTOBER

From about October 5 – 20, go high into these areas that rise 7,000+ feet above sea level:

Where to go:

  • Flagstaff
  • Greer
  • Grand Canyon North Rim*
  • Showlow, Payson (White Mountains)

LATE OCTOBER

From about October 21 through the first days of November, move down through the central and southeastern areas of the state, perched at 5,000+ feet elevation.

Where to go:

  • Sedona’s Oak Creek Canyon
  • Payson
  • Prescott’s Lynx Lake
  • Galiuro Mountains’ Ash Creek Canyon near Willcox

*The North Rim of the Grand Canyon closes to vehicle traffic annually in mid-October (it re-opens mid-May) due to snowy conditions. Backpackers and hikers may still hike rim-to-rim from the South Rim all year-round.


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