Posted by: Sandy Steinman | November 10, 2017

Coconino National Forest Fall Color 11/8/17

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 going strong 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 still putting on a show.
  • Crescent Moon Day Use Area: 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).
  • Woods Canyon: Sycamores and other leafy trees and plants are colorful.
  • Parsons Trail into Sycamore Canyon Wilderness.
  • Sterling Canyon via Sterling Pass Trail to Vultee Arch Trail: Dwarf canyon maples and sumac are turning red, and cottonwoods, sycamores, and grapevines are turning yellow and gold. (Warning: FR 152 to Vultee Arch Trailhead is extremely rough and rocky, and absolutely requires a high clearance, four wheel drive vehicle and off-highway driving experience. We recommend hiking into the canyon on Sterling Pass Trail.)

Read report continues  and see photos at Coconino National Forest 


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