Autumn is a special season, a time for reflection as the earth gives up its harvest and prepares to sleep for the winter. An incredible thing happens to the trees as they begin their preparation for a long winter’s sleep. It is a change that has its own special purpose and beauty. Taking time to appreciate those changes, to actually be out in nature among them, especially with someone you love can be a romantic and intimate time. Sedona and the Sky Ranch Lodge are the perfect places to welcome autumn. Many places in the United States have beautiful leaf turning seasons but, and you can feel free to call me biased, there is no other place like Sedona and the Verde Valley for peeping some the most extraordinary and exquisite fall foliage.
Want to plan the perfect fall romantic getaway to take in all this beauty? The best time to see all the incredible leaf turning colors in Sedona is late September through mid-October. Whether you want to hike, or drive through the scenic countryside or sit on our famous overlook, there is no way you can go wrong as long as you are in the Sedona area. Why not plan a surprise weekend getaway complete with a room at the Sky Ranch Lodge?
Right this minute the Aspens are changing into some glorious yellow hues. Aspens usually live 80-120 years while the Ponderosa pines can live to be 400-500! They cut the Aspens off from sunlight but these trees have adapted to their light conditions which mean you and your sweetie can be sure to get a good look and if you look closely you will see the leaves actually tremble to catch more sunlight. The bark turns white in the open areas to help protect the trees from the sun. In shadier areas, the bark may have a greenish hue. How cool is that? An inspiring mix of yellows and greens popping out all over the Verde Valley and you don’t want to miss it!
You also won’t want to miss the reds! Scarlets, crimsons, and other blazing shades of reds adorn the maples and oaks. Once again Mother Nature shows us what she is capable of and that she knows what she is doing. These colors are hard to describe using just words. We know red is the color of passion and there is no mistaking the passion in these trees as they work to put on a colorful show.
There are several local places to have a date to peep the leaves and see Mother Nature in all her glory but first you want to see them from our very own scenic overlook. The two of you can sit, enjoy a glass of wine and take it all in.
If you are driving you definitely want to make a stop at Oak Creek Canyon on Highway 89A north towards Flagstaff. You will want to be sure to pause at the Oak Creek Vista about half-way between Sedona and Flagstaff on Highway 89A. This makes for a great picture-taking opportunity and a chance to get out of the car, stretch your legs and smell the crisp, clean fall air and wrap your arms around each other as you do all of it. There is nothing like it to make you appreciate just being alive.
While in the car you may also want to take a jaunt up Dry Creek Road to Boynton Canyon Road or around the Red Rock Loop. Both are west of westbound Highway 89A and will offer amazing photography opportunities. Bring your selfie stick to get some pictures of you together with an amazing and colorful background.
The smartest and the coolest leaf peepers will be heading for the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. So if you want to impress your somebody special, be sure to experience this adventure that takes you across the Colorado River past the red rocks of Marble Canyon and Vermilion Cliffs then climbs the aspen groves of the Kaibab Plateau. Striking colors in all their magnificence will be seen and leave you both awestruck.
Prefer to take it all in on foot? Want to walk hand in hand together through the fall colors? Not a problem in the Verde Valley! One of the most favorite fall hikes is the West Fork Oak Creek trail. Many feel it’s still the best trail to enjoy the gold and crimson leaves of fall along Oak Creek. Can you see yourself walking together between the gently flowing Oak Creek stream and the steep walls of the canyon, while surrounded by the fall foliage? It may seem like you can hear them chattering in the wind.
The Potato Patch Loop-named for potatoes grown nearby a century ago-circles Aspen Peak and has some serious lush, sun-dappled forests. If you start your hike on the Aspen Springs Trail you will quickly come to pines and oaks as well as breathtaking views. Here the Hualapai Mountains, rise to an elevation of about 8,400 feet where you will find ponderosa pines and aspens glowing in gold and green. Why not pack a picnic lunch for two and make a day of it? So much better than the usual meal and a movie date.
If your significant other is a Leaf-lover and a hiker you simply can’t go wrong with the Kachina Trail which is located in the San Francisco Peaks north of Flagstaff. This trail is characterized by thick stands of Aspens. Limber pine and Douglas fir dominate some of the old-growth forests at the highest elevations. Take some time to love the leaves together.
Don’t miss out on one of nature’s most awesome productions. It something a couple can really share. As an added bonus you will more than likely get to see some of the local wildlife. Keep your eyes peeled for elk, turkeys, deer, eagles and more. If you miss it this time you will have to wait a whole year to see it again!
After a fabulous day of seeing the spectacular colors of fall in Sedona, come back home to the Sky Ranch Lodge and let us pamper you with wine, food, relaxation, privacy and more!
For more information about fall colors in Sedona take a look at: http://www.sedona.net/sedona-fall-colors.