Shout out to all leaf-peepers in Phoenix! Autumn has arrived along with outdoor dining, open windows, and wicked, nice weather. And just because we are inundated with Xeriscape landscapes in the low desert, doesn’t mean we can’t find autumn color too.
It seems unlikely that Arizona’s autumn could compare or even come close to New England’s show, and fortunately Arizona, once again, presents itself accordingly.
To a native New Englander, leaf peeping is somewhat instinctual and a clear rite of passage for winter, so a road trip north seems essential in an effort to grab a glimpse of what feels like fall tradition.
Autumn color in the north country typically peaks from late September into October. A drive through Oak Creek Canyon in Sedona, or a hike along West Fork Trail might offer the fix you need. North to Flagstaff, and a trip up Mt. Humphreys will undoubtedly satisfy the strongest East Coast cravings.
Like many ski areas, Mt. Humphrey’s Snowbowl offers scenic chairlift rides in the summer and autumn. Some go to hike and for others, just the chance to ride above the tree line is humbling. On a clear day you can see back to Sedona and to the Grand Canyon. And be prepared, rain in the town will be snow on top.
And the ride down into that wicked, brilliant canopy is breathtaking.
What do you think? Close enough? It is close enough for this desert-loving New Englander, but so you know…in the low desert we do have wicked cool cactus that step up to the plate too.
Falling into Autumn Wind Kisses, Donna
*Wicked – common New England jargon meaning “really” or “very”