4 Great Ways To Make The Most Of Fall In Arizona

Governor's Office

October 10, 2016

Arizona is cooling off.

We’re welcoming campers back to the parks and hikers back to the trails. The fall season is a great time to head outside and explore what our state has to offer. Plan a trip to one of your beautiful Arizona State Parks; whether you’re a first-time camper, an amateur cave explorer, looking for a scenic hike, or you want to take in some fall colors, these parks have you covered.

Here are a few great ideas to get out of the house and into the beautiful fall weather: 

Camp Out – Enjoy the weekend in a cozy cabin spending time around the campfire and underneath the stars. Cabins are available at Alamo LakeLyman LakeRoper Lake, and Dead Horse Ranch state parks, and they include beds, air conditioners, and heaters. They’re a great way to have your camping and sleep well, too! Prefer a tent or an RV? Reserve a campsite soon, complete with electric and water hook-ups, showers, and picnic areas all nearby.

Tour The Caverns – Discover the most unique cave in the United States. Kartchner Caverns State Park is a national model for cave preservation that continues to improve every day. During the 90-minute tour you’ll encounter the world’s longest soda straw stalactites and other extraordinary geologic formations. The “Big Room” tour re-opens on October 15, making it the perfect time to get outside and explore.

Hike Arizona – Cooler weather means prime hiking conditions! The mornings are cool in the desert, and the reduced temperatures are ideal for longer hikes. Connect with the Arizona Premier Trails on Facebook and start planning your next hiking adventure.

Take In The Scenery – From the aspens in the mountains to the cottonwoods along the creeks, there are countless places right here in Arizona where you can find a complete spectrum of fall colors. Start your fall leaf tour at Riordan Mansion State Historic Park in Flagstaff or camp out at Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area in Show Low. As the weather continues to cool, head to Tonto Natural Bridge State Park near Payson and Red Rock State Park in Sedona.

Fall is a perfect time to experience everything Arizona has to offer! Find more information and a complete list of fall events in the parks at AZStateParks.com.