Ready for Fall Color? Check Out These Four Parks!

October 10, 2022

PHOENIX — As fall makes its way into Arizona, you can change up your view by visiting one of these amazing parks to take in the perfect weather and bright fall leaves!

Make your home base at Dead Horse Ranch State Park and head out on day trips to the surrounding parks to take in all the beauty. Or, plan a weekend getaway to Cottonwood, Sedona or Payson. All three are just short drives from the Phoenix metro area, and all will provide a perfect fall respite and refresh!

  1. Red Rock State Park: Up in Sedona, visitors are used to seeing stunning red rocks, but the park also showcases bursts of colorful foliage. Anywhere along the five miles of trails is a good lookout for fall, but color especially lines Oak Creek.
  2. Slide Rock State Park: Most people recognize this park as a Sedona summertime destination, but the crowds depart in fall, leaving beautiful scenery behind! Check out the stunning colors while you catch sight of wildlife near the picnic areas or hiking paths. This park can’t be missed during fall, but you’ll definitely miss the crowds.
  3. Dead Horse Ranch State Park: Shady cottonwood trees become gorgeous bursts of yellow and orange during mid to late October here. Trees line the lagoons and cast their beautiful colors on the water. Whether you camp, hike, fish or just enjoy the weather, this is an amazing spot for fall adventure.
  4. Tonto Natural Bridge State Park: Take a trip to Payson to experience fall and the world’s largest travertine bridge. The park landscape will be dotted with color, perfect as a backdrop for a picnic or leisurely walk. If you’re eager to hike, fall color even makes its appearance as you look out of the natural bridge.

Check out all the camping, hiking, fishing, or adventuring destinations online, and plan a fall break road trip or weekend outdoors. With 15 parks with camping and even more for day use, there’s plenty of fun around the state and something for everyone at an Arizona state park!

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