Arizona Fall Colors.
Sunshine, great dining, and golden leaves: “Flag” is Arizona's capital of autumn. In fall, the air in Flagstaff is crisp, the skies are the dictionary definition of blue, and the return of 18,000 NAU students gives "Flag" a Red Bull–swigging, outdoorsy zing.
Explore the historic downtown or head to the hills for some seasonal hiking. Also, don't miss Coconino National Forest, located north of town, for the state's most spectacular aspens set against the backdrop of dormant volcano Humphreys Peak.
Inner Basin- Lockett Meadow
Perfect for hiking the majestic San Francisco Peaks, the inner basin trail is a crisp cool adventure. Golden hues invade the basin during the fall as aspen trees transform. Though there is no camping within the inner basin, the beautiful scenery makes it the ideal location for a picnic with friends and family. Inner Basin is located 15 miles north of Flagstaff along paved and dirt forest roads.
Now is the best time to venture North to Flagstaff and take in the spectacle of the golden leaves! Weekdays are best for minimal trail traffic and best parking.