Arizona Fall Foliage Report: Colors coming through in the High Country

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Some patchy colors are starting to show up in the Sky Islands of southern Arizona. If you’re looking to check out the foliage this weekend, your best bets will be around Mt. Lemmon Ski Valley, Mount Graham and Hannagan Meadow. Summerhaven is likely 1-2 weeks away from the peak of Autumn’s beauty. Eventually, colors start showing up in the Huachucas and Chiricahuas in mid to late October.

Courtesy: Arizona Snowbowl
Courtesy: Arizona Snowbowl (captured October 6th, 2015)

Meanwhile, the High Country is getting close to its peak Fall colors. Below is the full foliage report from the US Forest Service:

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Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest

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Coconino National Forest

By October each year, colors are usually in full splendor on the Coconino National Forest. Many of the trees in the higher elevations near Flagstaff reach their prime in early October, but the views are still beautiful throughout the season. The maples on the Mogollon Rim District are worth the visit, and the deciduous trees in Oak Creek Canyon and the Sedona area are spectacular. Watch for the latest fall color photos on our Fall Colors album on Flickr and updates @CoconinoNF on Twitter.
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Coronado National Forest

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Kaibab National Forest

Fall colors are on display from late September through October. Visit the Kaibab National Forest website to plan your visit for optimal viewing of fall colors.
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Prescott National Forest

Like in other parts of the country, it is impossible to say exactly when fall colors will peak–but as a general rule, trees and bushes at the highest elevations start changing from mid- to late September with leaves falling around mid- to late October.  Trees at lower elevations begin changing a couple weeks to a month later, and you can still find signs of autumn into mid-December in the Verde Valley and other low elevation parts of the forest.
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Tonto National Forest

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