Pumpkins, apple cider, hot chocolate. Autumn is almost here. Even though we may still have triple digit temperatures you can feel a change in the air.
By this time of year I am ready to grab a sweater or a flannel shirt, exchange my flip flops for fluffy socks and boots to welcome cooler temperatures. And of course search for some fun fall activities preferably where I can see Arizona fall colors.
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See Arizona Fall Colors on these Gorgeous Hikes
Arizona’s fall is a little more subdued than the northern or northeastern states. What you will see is a lot of pretty yellow leaves with a few spots that have some orange and red.
One of our favorite fall hikes is Sedona’s West Fork Trail. You will see beautiful shades of yellow and red leaves.
Flagstaff is another pretty area to visit in the fall. Take a hike to see all of the Aspen trees change color. The leaves looks like tiny gold coins in the fall. Before you head up north check out Flagstaff’s leaf peeping meter.
If you’re still looking for some fall color in late October or early November you can see the Chinese Pistachio trees at the Boyce Thompson Arboretum. Seeing the pretty red leaves on the tree might convince you that despite the temperatures fall does exist in Arizona.
If you’re headed to Payson, drive down Forest Road 300 along the Mongollon Rim to see some pretty leaves.
Ride the Verde Canyon Train
A fun fall outing could also include a relaxing ride on the Verde Canyon Railroad. You’ll see gorgeous displays of yellow leaves along the Verde River if you plan your trip in mid to late October.
Enchanted Pumpkin Festival
One of our favorite fall activities is a visit to the Enchanted Pumpkin Festival in Carefree. Every October visitors walk around Carefree to view all of the amazing creations.
Pumpkin carver, Ray Villafane, has some incredible fall creations. Unfortunately, I haven’t seen any information for a 2020 festival and believe it was cancelled this year. For more information visit Arizona Giant Pumpkin Growers.
At one time a large part of Arizona’s economy was farming and agricultural related businesses. Visiting a farm in Arizona is a fun Fall idea.
Pick Your Own Pumpkins
Schnepf Farms is located in Queen Creek. This is farm is loaded with fun activities for the whole family. Schnepf Farms has been around for over 60 years and is a great spot to go pick your own fruit or veggies. They have several events and festivals throughout the year.
Pumpkin Days and Corn Maze
Tolmachoff Farms located in Glendale has several events throughout the year including Family Farm Day and Pumpkin Days. Autumn days brings hay rides, themed corn mazes and you can find your favorite pumpkin in their pumpkin patch.
Mortimer Farms is one of our favorite spots if you want to pick-your-own pumpkin. This Dewey, Arizona farm has a fantastic pumpkin patch and they have a large Pumpkin Fest every October. During the festival you can also zig-zag your way through corn mazes, watch the pig races and take a hayride. You can also find pick-your-own vegetables and berries throughout the season.
Pick Your Own Apples
Annie’s Apple Orchard in Wilcox is great spot to pick-your-own apples, peaches, and pears. You can also pick vegetables throughout the year.
Local farms have events throughout the year for a great day with the family at the farm!
“Every child should have mud pies, grasshoppers water bugs, tadpoles frogs and mud turtles elderberries, wild strawberries, acorns, chestnuts, trees to climb, brooks to wade in, water lilies, woodchucks, bats, bees, butterflies, various animals to pet, hay fields, pine-cones, rocks to roll, sand, snakes, huckleberries and hornets; and any child who has been deprived of these has been deprived of the best part of his education”
Quote from Luther Burbank famous horticulturist.