Finding signs of fall foliage in northern Arizona is a snap. And, we've got them all for you in this article.
But, finding beautiful fall foliage in southern Arizona is a bit more challenging because 1) the areas of bright fall foliage are smaller and 2) the forest service offers more in depth accounts of northern Arizona changes.
However, here are some resources to help you.
Figure 1: Southern Arizona leaf peeping hotspots for 2012. (Click here for click able map.)
One of the most popular sites for leaf peeping down south is in Madera Canyon, which lies in the Santa Rita Mountains on Tucson's south side. A drive to the camping ground at the Canyon will put you a short hike's distance from changing leaves this time of year.
Since the Aspen Fire of 2003, fall foliage on Mt. Lemmon has been a bit less than brilliant. But, things are starting to turn around. A ride up the ski lift at Ski Valley is a beautiful way to see deciduous trees mixed in with the pine and juniper.
Patagonia, south of Tucson in Santa Cruz County, lights up brilliantly as the cottonwoods along the San Pedro River turn orange and yellow once autumn arrives.
In northern Arizona, the best source for peepers is here. The Coconino National Forest posts frequent updates with specific locations and times of fall's explosion of color.
Enjoy leaf peeping in Arizona!
Figure 2: Northern Arizona leaf peeping hotspots for 2012. (Click here for click able map.)
Weather intern Shea Sorenson contributed to this story.
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