Posted by: Sandy Steinman | November 3, 2017

Coconino National Forest Fall Color 11/1/17

Coconino National Forest reports

Best Bets

Color is over on the San Francisco Peaks and in full swing in Oak Creek Canyon, and below the Mogollon Rim in the Verde Valley, Strawberry, Pine, and Payson areas. The following recreation opportunities are the best bets for fall color.

  • Oak Creek Canyon: color is starting to drop in upper Oak Creek Canyon, and underway in lower Oak Creek Canyon. Encinoso, Banjo Bill, and other picnic areas in the canyon are fantastic spots to spend the day. Huckaby, Templeton, and other creekside trails throughout the Red Rock Ranger District are showing fall color.
  • The entire Verde Valley is changing, particularly along riparian areas such as Verde Wild and Scenic River,West Clear Creek, and Wet Beaver Creek.
  • Slide Rock State Park: fall colors are really putting on a show.
  • Tonto National Forest’s Payson Ranger District, and the Pine and Strawberry, Arizona areas below the Mogollon Rim: hikers report fall colors are peaking!
  • Prescott National Forest also reports excellent fall color, including golden aspens and other colorful trees and flora.
  • Crescent Moon Day Use Area: Colors are changing, and will just get better by the weekend. This is a fantastic site for everyone in the family. The site features paved walkways, amenities, access to Oak Creek, and stunning views of Cathedral Rock. Bring a picnic, water shoes, and sunscreen! This is a special fee area ($10 per car or Grand Annual Pass).

Notes on West Fork and Call of the Canyon

  • West Fork Trail and Call of the Canyon are extremely popular seven days a week. The parking lot is typically full by 9:00 a.m. If you plan to hike West Fork, plan your outing for a weekday if possible, arrive early in the morning, and (most importantly) have a backup plan for an alternative activity. There are several other locations throughout Oak Creek Canyon and Sedona to enjoy, such as Encinoso picnic area and North Wilson Trail. West Fork Trailhead is a special fee area not covered by the standard Red Rock Pass or Interagency Pass. You will be required to pay an additional fee (or have a Grand Annual Pass) to enter Call of the Canyon and West Fork Trailhead.

Notes on Lockett Meadow and Inner Basin Trail

Read report continues  and see photos at Coconino National Forest 


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