Posted by: Sandy Steinman | October 23, 2013

Coconino National Forest Fall Color 10/23/13

Coconino National Forest posted the following fall color update for 10/23/13

Colors are in full splendor on the Coconino National Forest. Many of the trees in the higher elevations near Flagstaff are a past their prime but views are still beautiful. The maples on the Mogollon Rim District are also passing their prime but still worth the visit, and the deciduous trees in Oak Creek Canyon and the Sedona area are spectacular right now.  Don’t forget to check out pictures on our Fall Colors set on Flickr!

*Note: While Oak Creek Canyon and West Fork Oak Creek are a popular locations near Sedona to see fall colors, they’re not the only places to visit and parking is very limited! There are plenty of other equally goreous leaf-peeping locations including hikes along Casner CanyonAllen’s Bend Trail by Oak Creek, andGirdner Trail along Dry Creek west of Sedona. The Crescent Moon and Chavez Crossing areas are also wonderful!

Other suggested sites

Flagstaff Ranger District:

  • Hart Prairie (Accessed via Hwy 180 and Forest Service Road 151 and/or FSR 418, which also loops around the north end of the Peaks for a pretty view)
  • Aspen Loop Trail (Via Highway 180 and Snowbowl Road) or the AZ Trail that stretches from the Aspen Loop Trail north through Hart Prairie

Mogollon Rim Ranger District (north of Pine and Strawberry near Blue Ridge):

  • FSR 321 aka “Dane Ridge” (Hwy 87 to FSR 95 next to the Mogollon Rim Ranger Station, right on FSR 96, right on FSR 321)
  • FSR 300 aka “Rim Road” or “General Crook Trail” (Hwy 87 or Hwy 260 to FSR 300, 2.5 miles east of Hwy 260, 10 miles north of Strawberry)
  • Cabin Loop Trail

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