Inner Basin Trail
The trail ascends from Lockett Meadow into the caldera of the San Francisco Peaks—the tallest peaks in Arizona. The first 1.7 miles of the trail winds through the forest of aspen trees, flanking the upper reaches of the peaks and coloring them solid gold in early fall. www.fs.usda.gov
Aspen Loop Trail (Near Flagstaff)
A 2.5 mile hike on sloping meadows along the western slope of the San Francisco Peaks. The trail quickly enters a forest of spruce and pine trees, and aspens which turn vibrant yellow in the fall. www.fs.usda.gov
Sterling Pass Trail
Sterling Pass Trail begins in Oak Creek Canyon and leads into Sterling Canyon. The climb is steep from the start and leads to a forest dominated by huge orange-barked ponderosa pines. The dwarf canyon maples are plentiful and turn scarlet and peach in the fall. www.fs.usda.gov
Washington Park Trailhead (Near Payson)
Popular trailhead with several spots to enjoy the fall foliage. An old bridge lies near the beginning of the trail surrounded by tall pines and the changing colors of the aspen trees.
Scenic Gondola Rides
A perfect way to enjoy fall color in Arizona, without hiking. The chairlift ascends to the top of Agassiz Peak, at an elevation of 11,500 feet for forest views of the aspen trees that turn golden yellow in the fall.
Compiled By Valley Vibe Staff Writers
Photo courtesy Coconino National Forest