October 14, 2021
Experience Fall From A Different Elevation
Prescott, at 5,000 feet in elevation, is one of those Arizona towns that gets the opportunity to experience changing seasons. And when fall comes, it offers up cooler temperatures — perfect for outdoor excursions among a rainbow of changing leaves.
The fall days may be a bit shorter than the ones we enjoy in the summer, but the opportunities to explore are always just beyond your doorstep at Talking Rock, a private golf community nestled in a rugged, high desert landscape.
To see all the colors fall offers the beautiful Prescott community, you can stay close or venture a little further out. The cottonwood trees along the Greenways Trail System near downtown Prescott offer assorted colors against the water while the trees in the Historic Courthouse Plaza give the iconic spot a new look when the seasons change.
The colors in downtown Prescott add a little seasonal magic to what is already one of the best small towns in Arizona.
Northern Arizona as a whole, though, is an absolute sight to see as showstopping aspen trees turn golden with cooler temperatures. With slim white trunks and a canopy of golden leaves, fall’s aspen trees give a whole new look to hikes and trails compared to the spring and summer months. And if you find the aspens near the water, the reflections are an added bonus.
Aspen Creek and Copper Basin, an area considered an in-town getaway, offers the best chance to see the trees and their magnificent leaves reflect off the water.
And if you’re willing to hop in the car and drive just a bit, more color awaits at Prescott’s nearby lakes. Granite Basin lake features a colorful array of trees, as does Lynx Lake and Watson Lake. Time your visit with sunset and you may score some unbelievable photos of the colors and the water that capture Prescott for the incredible retreat it is.
And, if you’re up for a few more miles, hit the road to Sedona or Flagstaff, which are perfect day trips from Prescott. Sedona, with its iconic red rocks, offers an abundance of trails and overlooks that provide panoramic views of fall’s colors — especially along the winding 89A, where roadside apple cider stands pop up this time of year.
And if Flagstaff ends up being the destination, make time for a hike at Arizona Snowbowl that leads you right into a spectacular aspen stand. The hike is easy, dog-friendly, and offers plenty of open space for a picnic lunch or relaxing afternoon snack. To take the hike one step further, consider a ride on the gondola at Snowbowl, which is offered through October. There’s no beating that aerial view of fall!
To enjoy two days of fall, along with Talking Rock’s luxurious amenities, book a fall Discovery Experience. Stay and play!