The Magic of Autumn in Sedona
The monsoon season ended strong this year leaving our desert moist and vibrant. Every season in Sedona offers something special but for those of us who love to be outdoors, autumn is definitely a magical time. The daytime skies are the bluest and the nighttime stars shine the brightest. With the crisp clear mornings and cooler evenings, fall is the absolute perfect time of year for hiking, mountain biking and all outside activities. And, with the fall leaves adding splashes of gold and crimson to the already colorful landscape, photography opportunities are leaping out around every corner.
Our red rock canyon hikes are especially alluring during the fall season as the monsoon soaked earth rewards us with autumn wild flowers lining the trails. As you hike deeper and deeper into the canyons to higher elevations, you will witness changes in the terrain; from our high desert red earth with scrub and cacti, into a forest of Manzanita, Arizona Cypresses and Oaks which offer a spectacular blaze of color against the evergreens and red canyon walls. In the deeper canyons such as Boynton and Secret, your journey will end beneath the towering pines of the Ponderosa Pine Forest. Usually you have to drive many miles to witness such diversity in landscape but our red rock canyons offer the opportunity in a moderate hike.
The splendor of fall in Sedona is best experienced in our beautiful Oak Creek Canyon, and more specifically, Call of the Canyon, also known as the West Fork hiking trail. West Fork is known for its towering walls and lush, diversely vegetated stream banks. Pinyon and ponderosa pines, cottonwood, various oak, maple, and fir form an enveloping canopy over the trail while fern, lupine, horsetail, wildflowers, and ivy cover the forest floor. The trail crisscrosses the creek a total of 16 times in the three mile one-way stretch to the designated end of trail. West Fork is well known for producing one of the most stunning color displays in Northern Arizona and with the monsoon season closing with a surge; it will be especially spectacular this year. You will want to make sure your camera battery is fully charged as at every bend you will find yourself dazzled with colors and visualizing that perfect picture! The West Fork trail area requires a $9.00 fee for parking and can be quite busy during the fall so plan on arriving early.
Our fall savings are spectacular as well with savings of 22% on a stay of two nights or more (use code NETF). Just call us at 800-353-1239 or reserve directly on-line at www.sedonareal.com using the appropriate rate code.
We look forward to helping you enjoy the colors of fall in Sedona!
Blog contributed by Debbis DuBois, Cconcierge @ Sedona Real Inn & Suites