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Do You Love Autumn & The Changing Leaves? Autumn Foliage is Fantastic in Arizona

Updated on June 18, 2013

Flagstaff Arizona's High Country Provides a Spectacular Display of Fall Leaves!

While some may think that Arizona is only laden with cacti and sun drenched sand, most don't think that there is almost any type of weather here...all within a few hours!

I've lived in Arizona for almost 20 years. Although I live in Phoenix, I make an annual trek to see the Fall colors in and around Flagstaff, Arizona and get to suck in the cool Autumn Air and hear God blow the wind through the Aspens!

This website is full of actual photos that I took recently and while there may not be the brights you might find in other States, you will see what we have to offer. Along with the photos is some fun including quizzes to test your knowledge!

Have fun and I hope you enjoy this website and please leave some comments at the bottom of the page.

Thanks for visiting!

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Music to Browse By......Autumn Leaves by Andy Williams - Turn up the sound and let it play while you browse!

Flagstaff High Country and the Beautiful Aspen!

When you talk about leaves changing in Arizona, people look at you and say "What?" "Do you mean needles dropping out of a cactus?" This website is strictly about Flagstaff and the surrounding area although there is other high country in Arizona.

People that go to Flagstaff to see the Autumn colors primarily like the Aspen trees. The color of the Aspen is green throughout the Summer and then change to a golden yellow in the fall. You can take numerous trail roads through the forests and you can be pretty secluded. It feels as if you are all alone in your journey. Only an occasional vehicle passes by. My primary attraction to them is that when the wind blows, they have a wonderful rustling sound that engages almost every leaf. I have taken video of the aspen leaves blowing and the fact that you are out there alone, listening to this is overwhelming.

In journeys down the trails, you will probably see sights that not many see. You truly feel as if God is touching the leaves just for you! Leaves change at different times and Aspen leaves around Flagstaff usually peak about mid-October. If you get there too late, after a heavy frost, you will only see bare trees.

I have separated this website into 2 sections. The first section has photos from the outlying areas of Flagstaff and the beautiful golden-yellow colors. The second section has more dramatic colors from the Flagstaff city area! Please put on some "Summer Winds" music and imagine that you are hearing the sounds of the leaves!



If you can't make it there this year, bring the leaves to you.

This fabulous DVD will make you want to purchase a ticket to the Smoky Mountains. This is where i plan to retire and in the near future, I may be bringing more to you anyway!

Bring this collection home and sit in the house with some soft music and watch this. It will definitely soothe you.

Flagstaff Arizona Aspens
Flagstaff Arizona Aspens

"A wind has blown the rain away and blown the sky away and all the leaves away, and the trees stand. I think, I too, have known autumn too long."

e. e. cummings

Flagstaff Arizona Aspens
Flagstaff Arizona Aspens
Flagstaff Arizona Aspens
Flagstaff Arizona Aspens
Flagstaff Arizona Aspens
Flagstaff Arizona Aspens

Autumn Decor! - Spice up your house as well as your pumpkin pie!

Flagstaff Arizona Aspens
Flagstaff Arizona Aspens
Flagstaff Arizona Aspens
Flagstaff Arizona Aspens
Flagstaff Arizona Aspens
Flagstaff Arizona Aspens

"Autumn arrives in early morning, but spring at the close of a winter day."

Elizabeth Bowen

Flagstaff Arizona Aspens
Flagstaff Arizona Aspens
Flagstaff Arizona Aspens
Flagstaff Arizona Aspens

Jumping in Leaves - Being from the Midwest, this is something I really miss!

Flagstaff Arizona Aspens
Flagstaff Arizona Aspens
Flagstaff Arizona Aspens
Flagstaff Arizona Aspens

"Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower."

Albert Camus

Flagstaff Arizona Aspens
Flagstaff Arizona Aspens

How About Some Autumn Scents For Your House? - Smells like Fall!

Flagstaff Arizona Aspens
Flagstaff Arizona Aspens
Flagstaff Arizona Aspens
Flagstaff Arizona Aspens

"Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns."

George Eliot

Flagstaff Arizona Aspens
Flagstaff Arizona Aspens

Dramatic Colors From the City of Flagstaff

The next set of photos are from the Flagstaff city area. As you drive through town, there are numerous housing areas that we frequent during the Fall Season. In these areas, you can see the Reds of the Maple Trees, the dramatic oak colors and the magenta colors that are from the darker trees. To make this journey of Flagstaff complete, you can do this same type of drive-through tour. You won't be disappointed, especially coming from the colorless Phoenix area, about 2 hours South of here

Arizona by Mark Lindsay - More music to browse by!

Flagstaff Arizona Fall Colors
Flagstaff Arizona Fall Colors
Flagstaff Arizona Fall Colors
Flagstaff Arizona Fall Colors

"Autumn's the mellow time. "

William Allingham

Flagstaff Arizona Fall Colors
Flagstaff Arizona Fall Colors
Flagstaff Arizona Fall Colors
Flagstaff Arizona Fall Colors
Flagstaff Arizona Fall Colors
Flagstaff Arizona Fall Colors
Flagstaff Arizona Fall Colors
Flagstaff Arizona Fall Colors

What did You Think of the Fall Colors Website? - Thank you for visiting!

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      VspaBotanicals 5 years ago

      It's a very beautiful lens. Thank you!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Love this Lens.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      Beautiful images and I enjoyed the Arizona song.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      Beautiful images and I enjoyed the Arizona song.

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      Tony Cooks 5 years ago

      Wonderful pics. I loved in Sedona for a couple of years, and would take the 45 minutes drive to Flagstaff often. Amazing how different Sedona and Flagstaff look, both equally beautiful in different ways, yet they are basically neighbors. Flagstaff even gets some serious snow, but not a flake in Sedona.

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      im1337mi 5 years ago

      Beautiful. Arizona is lovely as are Fall colors. Great combo! Liked!

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      olmpal 5 years ago

      Lovely, colorful lens! I think all love autumn & the changing leave colors. Fun and informative quizzes too!

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      KidsToyTeaSets LM 5 years ago

      Such a fun visit! I do enjoy autumn - the brisk weather makes for a lovely day for an indoor tea party for my grandkids using one of the cute kids toy tea sets in autumn shades. Thank you!

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      YummyInspirations 5 years ago

      Loving the autumn colors. Here in Australia we are experiencing Spring and all the wonderful foliage that goes along with it. :)

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      ShineRita 5 years ago

      I love autumn, i love the autumn leaves.

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      jimbarnes lm 5 years ago

      wonderful lens thank you for the pic's

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      bwet 5 years ago

      fantastic colours of autumn. beautiful photos too! learn a thing or two about autumn

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      justmelucy 5 years ago

      Thank you for sharing your beautiful aspens in a super lens. Perhaps soon you will see the leaves of The Appalachian Mountains. Still looking for you.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      This is a beautiful lens. Loved the quizes too, I learned a few things.

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      radhanathswamifan 5 years ago

      Beautiful and full of info

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      MarkJustice 5 years ago

      Autumn is the best time of year. To bad it's followed by winter, at least in South Dakota.

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      DLeighAlexander 5 years ago

      Terrific tribute to the best time of year. ~angel blessed :)

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      GoAceNate LM 5 years ago

      Had fun with your quizzes. Congrats on the Purple Star. Blessed.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love Aspen trees. The quizzes were fun. Thanks!

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      NC Shepherd 5 years ago

      Beautiful photos. Aspens are pretty, but they can't beat the sugar maples in the midwest and northeast.

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Changing leaves is my favorite part of autumn - unfortunately, where I live I don't get very much of that! Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      Ardyn25 5 years ago

      This is a beautiful lens, your photos are stunning and have captured the beauty of fall in all its glory. I enjoyed this. Thank you.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      Happy Autumn! Our trip through Flagstaff to view the Grand Canyon was in the Springtime. Your photos made me want to go again in the autumn. Angel Blessed!

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      KarenTBTEN 5 years ago

      I remember seeing the seasonal display when I was (briefly) in the Sedona area. I would see a few trees doing the seasonal thing in Tucson, but they were few and subtle.

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      poutine 5 years ago

      Love the beautiful colors.

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      Rosaquid 5 years ago

      Loved it!

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      Fcuk Hub 5 years ago

      Your quiz questions were excellent. I have truly enjoyed them.

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      Cara 5 years ago

      Beautiful, beautiful lens.

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      nicks44 5 years ago

      Perfectly done! Great job putting together those quiz sections!

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      miaponzo 5 years ago

      I absolutely love fall colors better than any other! Blessed!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I'm in delight! Your aspens reminded me of the woods surrounding out home growing up...we didn't have them in the yard, just birch, spruce and white pine. I didn't know that you have similar trees in Arizona, so I learned something here, enjoyed your quizzes and my eyes and heart are happy! Beautiful and congratulations on your purple star!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Amazing.. Simply superb.. :)

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      Psycho Free Zone 5 years ago from USA

      Beautiful photos - I had no idea fall is so photogenic in Arizona!

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      jejoju 5 years ago

      Autumn is beautiful time of year, and we are fortunate to share the beauty that surrounds us at this time. I'm just glad we are getting back to summer now!

      Good Luck to those of you coming into winter. You have a wonderful lens.

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      Cynthia Davis 5 years ago from Pittsburgh

      Beautiful Autumn photos. Angel Blessings**

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      WindyWintersHubs 5 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Autumn is a beautiful time of year. Congrats on your Purple Star!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      I'm in Phoenix too and miss the changing leaves. I should take a quick drive up to Flagstaff or Prescott to see the trees! Lovely photos.

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      Nancy Johnson 5 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

      I was just thinking on how I miss the fall colors living in AZ and you reminded me that they are in Flagstaff. Time to take a drive! Wonderful lens and beautiful photos.

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      cassieann 5 years ago

      Lovely lens - thank you. Fall is absolutely my most favorite time of the year!

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      Ellen Gregory 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Very nice preview of autumn.

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      Wednesday-Elf 5 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Lovely photos of Autumn in Arizona. Congrats on your Purple Star!

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      jarajelissa 5 years ago

      Finding school art supplies on a budget is not easy. beautiful tribute lens. Thanks for sharing!

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      I loved this trip through fall colors. Your photos are gorgeous.

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      Leah J. Hileman 5 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      Best season, beautiful tribute lens. Thanks for sharing!

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Love the yellows. It looks like the Fall in Alberta, Canada.

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      eccles1 5 years ago

      I think I only got half of the Quiz right,loved your pictures I love fall myself, but I didn't know Arizona had trees or fall ! I loved Mark Lindsay.

      Beautiful lens.

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      Hannah Writes 5 years ago

      Fall is my favorite season! I love the colors of the trees, the slight chill in the air, and a return to a more normal schedule with the kids back in school. Love the pictures!

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      Diva2Mom 5 years ago

      Wow, very fun and informative lens at the same time! I truly enjoyed the Autumn tour! I admire the beautiful scenery or images while taking the fun quizzes. Great job on this one, my dear friend! Autumn is my most favorite season of the year even though I'm like an Islander mermaid who loves to be in the water all the time in the Summertime :). Great lens, great job! Stay cool, Terry! God bless you and your beautiful family! Have a fabulous Labor day weekend! Ciao!

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      jseven lm 5 years ago

      I love fall and your lens was a learning lesson and pretty!

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      chas65 5 years ago

      Love all of the beautiful colors and wonderful photos.

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      Beverly Rodriguez 5 years ago from Albany New York

      I never thought of Fall colors in Arizona. Wonderful photos and informative lens.

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      cdevries 5 years ago

      Gorgeous photos! I'm reading this in the heat of summer and looking forward to Autumn cool.

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      orange3 lm 5 years ago

      Great photos! Fall is my favorite time of year :)

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      Mary Beth Granger 6 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Beautiful photos and fun quizzes.