Happy fall y'all. Pumpkin-spice season is in full effect and we're here for it. Do you know what else we're here for? Fall colors. One of the best places to see fall colors in Arizona is just a 3-hour drive from Phoenix.

Flagstaff, Arizona, is a northern city surrounded by towering ponderosa and aspen trees, mountains, and desert landscape.  But what we're really loving is that the forests beam with a golden color during the fall. It's like walking through a golden wonderland. 

With the weather finally cooling down, it's possible to go on those hikes you've been dying to try, and the best part is that you'll get to enjoy some fall colors too.

There's an easy (moderate for some) hike that will give you all the views of the trees in all of their golden glory. The Aspen Nature Loop Trail is an easy 2.5-mile roundtrip hike. The best time to hike there is May through November when the wildflowers are in bloom or when the trees become a bright yellow.

This hike can take up to an hour, but we aren't kidding when we say you'll want to stop and take tons of photos. This trail is an amazing backdrop for photos. Leaf-peepers will feel like they're in a fall paradise.

We recommend packing a picnic. You can relax with a blanket at the nearby meadow and enjoy breathtaking views. Just be sure that you pick up all your trash when you're finished. 

This trail is great for mountain biking too. As you're cruising along the trail, the crisp, cool air will keep you from getting too hot.

There is no fee to hike there, and there's a parking lot located right near the trailhead. Before you head home, be sure to check out this spot in Payson, Arizona. You can dig for your own quartz crystals there. How cool is that? 

Aspen Nature Loop Trail

Price: Free 

Location: Arizona Snowbowl | 9300 N Snowbowl Road, Flagstaff, Arizona 86002

Why you should go: You can see the prettiest fall colors on this trail, and when you're done, there's an option to dig for your own crystals at another town in Arizona. 


We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.

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