Signs of Autumn in Sedona Verde Valley
Signs of Autumn in Sedona Verde Valley
Scenic ViewsThough chilly temperatures start rolling in early September, Autumn in Sedona Verde Valley is best experienced in late September through mid-October. Fall leaves take on vivid, bright colors, while blue skies and crisp weather attracts adventure-seekers from all corners of the country. The combination of the Red Rocks contrasting with the fall colors truly make this a magical place. Whether you hike or drive through the scenic countryside, you can’t go wrong as long as you are in the Sedona area. From train rides to secluded hiking, there’s something for everyone during the fall months in Sedona Verde Valley.
Once you’ve made it to Sedona, there are plenty of hiking trails to choose from, though West Fork of Oak Creek Canyon tends to be the most popular. Golden leaves dot the trail, while the peaceful sound of the nearby Oak Creek Stream make this a magical place. Photographers will especially love this retreat, as the red canyon walls blend in with orange, yellow and red foliage. If you choose to drive through, there are plenty of rest stops to pause and admire the breathtaking views offered this time of the year.
Mogollon Rim Ranger District, Picture by Gary Garner
For those looking to leave the crowds, there are a few other trails around the area. Secret Canyon cuts through a deep forest with Red Rock views. The Huckaby Trail overlooks Oak Creek along a high ridge, and Allens Bend Trail lies near an old orchard of riparian trees. If you are a leaf-lover and a hiker you must visit the Kachina Trail, located in the San Francisco Peaks north of Flagstaff. This trail is lined by thick stands of Aspens, while Limber Pines dominate at the highest elevations. Of course, it wouldn’t be a moment with nature without getting a glimpse of the local wildlife. If you’re lucky, you’ll get to see elk, deer, eagles, and more. Most parks charge for parking, but the cost is worth it for the breathtaking scenery. Average costs range from $10.00-$15.00 per vehicle.
Sedona Verde Valley’s Safari Jeep Tours offer scenic and exciting tours for the whole family. Unlike some hiking trails, a jeep tour will allow you to take an off road adventure into the Western Canyon, above the blazing colors of the fall foliage. Explore the amazing Red Rock formations and the golden colors of Autumn all in the comfort and excitement of a jeep.
The Verde Canyon Railroad offers a spectacular Sedona Falls Colors Tour, where a train will take you through vibrant canyons in extreme comfort. Enjoy panoramic views, local cuisine, and seasonal craft beer that pairs perfectly with your ride through Sedona. This convenient, luxurious tour is offered in October through November. There’s even an Ales on Rails Beer Tasting Tour, every Thursday through Sunday in October. The tour kicks off with a German luncheon offering German specialties, like sausages and sauerkraut, all with polka music playing in the background. Once on the train, guests are offered regional beers, like Verde Canyon’s own brews made in the nearby Oak Creek Brewery.
The Verde Valley Wine Trail invites wine enthusiasts to experience the history and beauty of some of the best wine in the region. In all, there are seven wineries and eight tasting rooms on the Verde Valley Wine Trail, nestled in the Red Rock countryside of Cottonwood, Jerome, Sedona, and Clarkdale. What better time to enjoy a crisp glass of wine and admire the beautiful surroundings and awe-inspiring colors of nature?
Looking for some city action? The Art Walk in the historic, old town of Cottonwood is trendy dining and entertainment area in the Verde Valley. Enjoy the outdoors and splendid fall weather on the second Saturday of each month. There are art galleries, wine tasting rooms, and restaurants to guarantee a good time.