Finding Fall Color in Arizona

Where to Go in Arizona to find the Fall Leaves

Arizona, especially the high country, is ablaze with color in the Fall. From late September through December, you can come upon deliciously gorgeous colors. Here are some places where you can walk through this autumn wonderland. Be sure and bring your camera!

Boyce Thompson Arboretum

Located east of Phoenix off highway 60, Boyce Thompson Arboretum is known for their Fall Foliage Finale on Thanksgiving weekend.

Aspen and maple leaves have fallen in the San Francisco peaks and Catalinas by mid-November, but the true grand finale of autumn foliage in Arizona is at the Arboretum in November, with peak color typically during Thanksgiving weekend. More on the Boyce Thompson Arboretum's Fall Foliage.

Sedona's Oak Creek Canyon

You'll find fall foliage in Oak Creek Canyon any time between October and December. You'll need to check with the Visitor's Center. One of the best places to see the fall foliage is the West Fork Trail but you'll enjoy fall foliage at the right time throughout Sedona.


The Flagstaff and surrounding areas offer a variety of fall colors from late September to early October. Expect to see an abundance of red, orange and yellow leaves. There are Aspen groves and deep canyons. 

Coconino National Forest

You may see Fall color in Coconino National Forest as early as mid-September. Kaibab National Forest

There are a number of scenic drives on the Kaibab National Forest that provide great opportunities for viewing fall colors.

Watch carefully as you drive along forest roads; you may catch a glimpse of a Kaibab squirrel amongst the golden aspen, or a flock of wild turkey along a meadow’s edge.