Fall colors in Arizona? Yep!

September 24, 2020

Maybe Arizona can’t compete with New England or the Upper Midwest when it comes to displays of fall color that go on for miles and miles, but if you’re looking to build you forever home near the Prescott National Forest, you might be surprised by what you find!

Trees near lakes and waterways put on what we traditionally think of as fall color with pockets of ash, maple, oaks, cottonwoods, aspen, poplars, and sycamore sprinkled throughout the forest. But perhaps the best autumn colors on the forest are less traditional, though startlingly beautiful! Fetid goosefoot covers the foothills and bursts with golds, oranges, and reds in the fall, and Virginia Creeper (a tree-climbing vine) goes unnoticed all summer, but turns a vivid red before losing its leaves for the winter.

If you’re set on seeing a large number of fall colors in one place, you can always swing through any of the towns or cities adjacent to the forest where you’ll find abundant ornamental trees in a dazzling array of bright fall colors rivaling those found in wetter parts of the country.

When do fall colors peak on the Prescott?

Like in other parts of the country, it’s impossible to say. But as a general rule, trees and bushes at the highest elevations start changing from mid- to late-September with leaves falling around mid- to late-October. Trees at lower elevations begin changing a couple weeks to a month later, and you can still find signs of autumn into mid-December in the Verde Valley and other low elevation parts of the forest.

So, think about an autumn drive to see the sights on the Prescott National Forest. If you miss peak colors, you’re sure to find plenty of beauty and color such as the red rock vistas as you drop off Mingus Mountain headed toward the Verde Valley, or the blue sky, clouds, trees, and rock formations reflected off any of the forest lakes or waterways. If you’re hankering to get out of town and see natural beauty this fall, the Prescott National Forest will not disappoint!

Where can I find the best fall colors on the Forest?

Arizona Highways has detailed descriptions of several scenic drives on the Prescott National Forest on their website: https://www.arizonahighways.com/explore/scenic-drives

For more information on building your home in the beautiful Prescott area, give us a call. Let’s talk about it
Your Friends at Crystal Creek Builders


Adapted from the USDA Forest Service website

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