Discover autumn colors while camping in Arizona
The northeastern part of the U.S. is the location that typically comes to mind when people think about spotting fall foliage. Most people think Arizona is thousands of miles away from spectacular colors…literally and figuratively. That is just plain WRONG. Psst we’re compensated…see our disclosures.
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Take your time! The window is wide open
Arizona is a laid-back kind of place…so…take your time! Because Arizona has a wide range of elevations and types of terrain, the window of opportunity for seeing the colors of fall are spread over longer periods of time. In the higher elevations you can catch a glimpse of color as early as September and in the lower elevations it is not uncommon to see a color works spectacular as late as Thanksgiving or even in the month of December!
Camping and RV Tip: Remember to verify your desired camping location is open for your planned trip dates. Many campgrounds and public lands are seasonal and close during the cooler months.
Go high early
Head for the mountains if you are searching for fall colors earlier in the season. Flagstaff and the White Mountains are some of the most popular places to go but there are even more so check out this list:
- Flagstaff area
- Arizona Snowbowl – they even have webcams to help you find just the right time to go
- Sunrise Ski Resort
- Greer Lodge
- North Rim of the Grand Canyon
- Hannagan Meadow
Rim Road along the Mogollon Rim – the most popular are Forest Roads 300 (p.s. FR 300 is my favorite forest road of all time for dispersed camping and hiking in any season but let’s keep that our little secret so it does not turn into the ‘New York City’ of National Forest dispersed camping), 321 and 95
- Show Low
- Greens Peak
- Sycamore Canyon Wilderness
A little later in the season, try visiting these locations for viewing fall colors:
- Tonto Natural Bridge State Park
- Tonto Creek Fish Hatchery
- Boyce Thompson Arboretum
- Sedona and Oak Creek Canyon
- Aravaipa Canyon Wilderness Area
- Camp Verde
- Verde Valley
- Christopher Creek
Cool temps call for warm camp recipes
There is no doubt that a warm camp meal is satisfying after hiking and exploring nature in cooler weather. I say magic can happen when cooking with a Dutch oven over a roaring campfire!
You might also find useful information in my recent blog post about predictive and interactive weather tools.
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