For Arizona - October 15, 2008:
Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests
- Estimated percentage of current fall foliage: 60%-80%
- Area with greatest amount of color: Elevations of 7000 ft. and below.
- Recommended viewing routes: The lower elevations of the Alpine Ranger District as well as areas of the Clifton District are best for viewing color at this time.
- Estimated peak viewing period: This will likely be the last week for fall colors on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests.
Coconino National Forest
- Estimated percentage of current fall foliage: 85%-90% for the higher elevations and a 10%-20% for Oak Creek Canyon and lower
- Area with greatest amount of color: Lockett Meadow (Inner Basin), the northern and southern slopes of the San Francisco Peaks, the northern part of Oak Creek Canyon and along the West Fork Trail
- Recommended viewing routes: Great views of the slopes of the San Francisco Peaks from the Around the Peaks Loop scenic drive. In the line for the Scenic Skyride, and also along Snowbowl Rd (FR 516). Forest Road (FR) 552 to Lockett Meadow (Inner Basin). The trees are starting to change above Cave Springs Campground along Highway 89A. Also, along the Mogollon Rim and Forest Roads 300 and 321 are also great scenic drives.
- Estimated peak viewing period: In the higher elevations the color is excellent and color will move down to lower elevations (Sedona, Red Rock RD) in 2-3 weeks.
- Coconino's fall colors web page: http://www.fs.fed.us/r3/coconino/recreation/fall-colors/fall_colors.shtml.
Coronado National Forest (As of October 9, 2008)
- Estimated percentage of current fall foliage: 15%
- Area with greatest amount of color: Elevations above 6100’
- Recommended viewing routes: On the Safford District color can be seen in Wet Canyon in the Pinaleno Mountains. Some aspen on the south side of Mt. Graham along the highway are starting to change yellow. Other viewing spots include Soldier Creek, Cunningham and Riggs Flat Campgrounds. On the Santa Catalina District, color change has started around the Palisades Visitor Center, just before Milepost 20 on the Catalina Highway.
Kaibab National Forest
- Estimated percentage of current fall foliage:North Kaibab RD: 40% Williams RD: 35% Tusayan RD: 10%.
- Area with greatest amount of color: : The North Kaibab District is currently the most colorful area of the Kaibab NF. The Williams Ranger District is also showing a lot of color, especially on Bill Williams Mountain and Kendrick Mountain
- Recommended Viewing Routes:In Williams, take the drive up Bill Williams Mountain or hike in either Sycamore Canyon or up Kendrick Mountain. On the North Kaibab please visit the Kaibab Plateau Visitor Center for a fall “Fall Color Tour” information packet.
- Estimated peak viewing period: Now is a great time to visit the North Kaibab and Williams Districts. Tusayan may show more color in a week or more.
- See the Kaibab's fall color web page at: http://www.fs.fed.us/r3/kai/recreation/fallcolors/.
Tonto National Forest (As of October 9, 2008)
- Area with greatest amount of color: Elevations of 3500’ and above and scattered in other areas.
- Recommended viewing routes: Color can be seen along 288, North of Young, AZ
- Estimated peak viewing period: October-November
There has been no color change reported for the Prescott National Forest