Posted by: Sandy Steinman | October 4, 2012

Coconino National Forest Fall Colors10/3/12


 Coconino National Forest has the following fall color reports for October 3:

  • My family and I went up Lockett Meadow this past Saturday and hiked the Inner Basin trail. The aspens are in full swing with a slight tinge of green still, but mostly a nice golden yellow. I think this coming weekend they’ll be in top form. The slopes of the basin are covered in golden aspen groves. (Loren) 
  • The trees and bushes in the Coconino Supervisor’s Office parking lot are in full color. Many trees around Flagstaff have changed from green to orange, yellow and red!     (Diane)
  • We were up at Hart Prairie today near the Nature Conservancy and the aspen have changed. Everything off 418 was changing also. From Hart Prairie you could see the yellow and orange aspen on Kendrick Mountain too. Now is the time. (Cary)
  • Hart Prairie has a lot of color now; essentially all our aspen is at or near its peak now. There are still some leaves that haven’t turned, so we may have a couple more good weeks if the weather holds out, but there’s no reason to hold back from visiting anywhere at this point. (Mike Elson District Ranger)
  • For the Mogollon Rim: Forest Road 321 to Forest Road 321C, in the draws the maples are turning red, aspens and oaks, still no color change, has to get colder. The draws off of Forest Road 139, Dick Hart Ridge are colorful with red maples, no color change for the oaks and aspens yet. (Jeannie)

Lots of color in the higher elevations…
Quite a bit of brilliant, picturesque yellow is showing in Lockett Meadow and the Inner Basin right now. If you are planning to visit, you should expect to drive slowly on Lockett Meadow Rd and expect delays from construction crews/equipment (hauling materials for continued work on Waterline Road).


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