Can you feel the crisp in the air?  Though we’re still feeling the heat in the desert (daytime temperatures continue to hover around 100 degrees F in Phoenix), that welcomed chill in the morning and evenings means autumn has announced its arrival to Arizona – right on time!  The higher elevations across the state have been experiencing the requisite combo of warm, sunny days and cool nights to trigger , which And this means, the higher elevations across the state are seeing

WeatherPixAspensMtGraham400Though Paul and I begin our intense fall color shooting schedules this week, we’ve received a number of useful tips from other “color chasers” about what’s happening around the state right now.   Our friend, Paul Wolterbeek from the Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park caught of glimpse of aspens near the summit of Mount Graham near Safford beginning their colorful transition on September 6.  In fact, the Arizona Republic newspaper recently featured one of his photos from that trip – congrats Paul W.! (See clip on the right).

In an email from Paul W. just this past Thursday, he also suggested: “We camped up near Three Forks between Greer and Hannagan Meadow (9300 feet) last week and saw aspens just barely beginning to turn.  Peak color up there looked 2-3 weeks ahead.”

In addition, numerous shutterbugs are reporting the aspens on the upper reaches on the eastern flanks of the San Francisco Peaks are nearing peak.  The lower elevations like Inner Basin, Bearjaw-Abineau Trail,  and Hart Prairie around Flagstaff are also beginning to turn, but are patchy and aren’t quite as far along in the process.  Read more from other observers in the most recent report from the Coconino National Forest website.  For more information, you might also call their Fall Color Hotline toll-free at 800-354-4595.

While we’ll be posting updates based on our travels in the weeks to come, leave us a comment to let us know what you’ve been seeing out there!

Happy fall everyone!
~Colleen

2 Responses to “Fall Color Scouting Report: Early Reports for Flagstaff, Hannagan Meadows, and Mount Graham”

  1. Just arrived at the trail head of Bismark Lake on the west slope of the peaks. Color is at 50%. Cinder Cone just north of me is starting to peak with some red aspen showing. Hope to have photos up tomorrow. Paul

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