October 21, 2016

They might be a bit harder to find than in other parts of the country but the FALL COLORS have come to Prescott! Hit the trails this weekend to find spectacular shades of red, orange, gold, and green throughout the parks and forests in Prescott. Here is your guide to finding the best fall leaves in our community!

Downtown Prescott

You don't need to travel outside of the city limits to find spectacular fall colors. Go for a hike on the 1.5 miles of trails that make up the Greenways Trail System. This trail system travels along Granite and Miller Creeks. You will see old-growth cottonwoods along your walk.


Head to the center of downtown Prescott to the Historic Courthouse Plaza (120 South Cortez Street). With dozens of trees covered in leaves, watch the plaza change from the greens of summer to the bright golds of the fall.


Prescott Parks

There are many great parks and recreational facilities located throughout Prescott. When it comes to fall colors, your best bet to see explosions of colors on the trees is at the

Watson Woods Riparian Preserve. Featuring towering cottonwoods and ash trees, witness a showcase of the changing seasons. Take a walk through the woods for an up-close look at these beauties.


Prescott National Forest

Prescott National Forest is the perfect spot for a fall walk. Start at Lynx Lake, a 55-acre reservoir located within the forest. Hike along the trail that circles the shoreline to see the trees change. Access to the lake is available via Highway 69 and Walker Road.


Sitting at the base of Granite Mountain, Granite Basin Lake is a spectacular spot to look at the reflection of fall leaves on the water. Marvel at the changing colors of the Virginia Creepers and Fetid Goosefoots that surround the lake. You can reach the lake from Iron Springs Road and Granite Basin Road.


Prescott is home to majestic aspens that feature shimmering gold leaves in the fall. To see these beautiful trees, go to Aspen Creek/Copper Basin. The creek is accessible five miles off of the White Spar Road intersection.



For more information on the perfect spots to see fall colors in the Prescott National Forest, go to the forest's Fall Colors Page. Although it is unknown exactly what time the leaves will change colors, the website notes that mid to late October is a good time to see the colors peak at the lower elevations.




Enjoy some time outdoors in the beautiful Arizona weather and witness the spectacular natural beauty of the season in Prescott this Fall!

Joe Karcie - RE/MAX Mountain Properties

731 W Gurley Street

Prescott, AZ 86305

(928) 776-7701

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