Sedona’s fall foliage usually appears mid-October to mid-November. The beautiful red rocks and clear blue skies serve as the perfect backdrop for the vibrant autumnal glory from bigtooth maple, Gambel oak, and Arizona walnut trees. Here are three great spots in Oak Creek Canyon where you can enjoy Sedona’s soul-stirring foliage.
West Fork Trail Hike:
As you hike the three miles of the West Fork Trail, you are bound to be accompanied by families and canines. The trail takes you into the Canyon, stays fairly level, and crosses the creek several times. There you feel as if you are painted into the scenery. The azure skies, towering red rocks, and fall foliage will leave you in total awe of your surroundings.
A Scenic Drive though Oak Creek Canyon on Arizona State Route 89A:
A scenic drive though Oak Creek Canyon on AZ State Route 89A is perfect for catching Sedona’s fall colors. View and photograph the canyon walls and plateau of the Coconino National Forest in all their autumnal glory. Make sure to stop at the Oak Creek Vista about half-way between Sedona and Flagstaff for a great picture-taking opportunity and a chance to get out of the car and smell the crisp, clean fall air.
Dry Creek Road to Boynton Canyon:
Other great leaf viewing and photography drives include a jaunt up Dry Creek Road to Boynton Canyon Road and a drive around the Red Rock Loop. Dry Creek Road and Red Rock Loop Road are both west of the “Y” off of westbound AZ State Route 89A.