Patagonia’s Cottonwood trees change color in the fall. // © 2012 Mike Pedroncelli
Arizona might conjure up images of brown barren landscape, speckled by green cacti to most but, during fall, select spots offer prime viewing of autumn leaves. According to the Tucson Convention & Visitors Bureau, October is the time to look in Southern Arizona.
The Madera Canyon
The Madera Canyon in the Santa Rita Mountains, located 40 miles south of Tucson, is considered the third-best birding destination in the U.S. and it also happens to be one of the best spots in the area to witness the changing of the seasons.
The Sky Island Parkway National Scenic Byway
The Sky Island Parkway National Scenic Byway, located from the Tucson basic to the 9,157-foot peak of Mount Lemmon, offers visitors views of multiple terrains as well as the many colors of the fall. And views get even better at the Mount Lemmon Ski Valley chair lift which offers an aerial view of the whole area.
Village of Summerhaven
Hiking and picnicking along the Upper Sabino Creek to the Marshall Gulch Picnic Area, or shopping at the village’s shops is made even quainter with the fall of the season’s leaves.
Patagonia boasts beautiful trees — Cottonwood, Arizona Oak, Walnut and Willows. See which change colors over a cup of coffee or locally made wine while visiting this town of locals and cowboy traditions.