There are 19 more days before it's officially autumn, but let's be honest we considered it fall as soon as September arrived. This fall you can actually hike through a magical golden forest filled with towering Aspen trees. This hike in Arizona will convert you into an official leaf peeper.

Lockett Meadow can be found in the forests of Flagstaff, Arizona. You can take the inner basin trail from Lockett Meadow to explore the magical forest illuminated by golden aspens. The trail will eventually lead you to the heart of an extinct volcano called the San Francisco Peaks.

You can also use the campground here for $10 per night or you can make a daytime hiking trip here for $5 per vehicle. The campground is open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for day use and camping is available from mid-May to mid-October. During the off-season using the campsite is free! The magical forest during the fall season can be used for hiking, photography, nature viewing and more. 

You can share the magical experience of fall by bringing along your pet. Just make sure to keep them on a leash. Since this forest is in a high elevation area it's possible that weather can change rapidly, so plan accordingly. 

The Lockett Meadow Inner Basin Loop is about a four-mile trail perfect for a morning stroll. During spring you can see beautiful blooming wildflowers in the fields.

You have to take a narrow and steep mountain road to reach this trail, it's about three miles long and it may be closed in late fall and early spring. 

This trail can be very popular at times so it's best to make a morning or weekday trip here if you can. You will never want to leave this magical golden forest this fall, it's like an autumn paradise.

 

Lockett Meadow/Inner Basin Trail

Price: $5 per vehicle for a day use

Location: Flagstaff, AZ

Why you should go: This gorgeous trail will lead you through a magical golden forest. The Aspen trees are ablaze with bright yellow leaves making for a beautiful sight. 

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