Jim Bishop once said “Autumn carries more gold in its pocket than all the other seasons” and we tend to agree. While we are used to the golden sunshine in the southwest, there is something extra enchanting about the notion of autumn in the desert. Fall is the romantic season of rich foliage and crisp air that makes being outdoors so much more tantalizing. The season brings cravings of all varieties, from pumpkin spice lattes and hot cider to cozy clothing and seeing those quintessential red, orange and yellow colors in nature. While Autumn can seem fleeting, there are many ways to enjoy the season across the Southwest. If you’re looking to immerse yourself in the fall harvest spirit with the ultimate day trip, we have the perfect autumn tours for you to “fall” in love with here.
Sedona Red Rocks Tour
While red foliage and red apples might be staples of the season, autumn elegance is magnified when set against the majestic background of the Sedona Red Rocks. Dress in your finest fall attire and explore the scintillating sites during the Sedona Red Rock Day Tour. Enjoy the crisp fall air while exploring ancient Native American ruins from the Sinagua, the ruins at Montezuma Castle National Monument or Tuzigoot National Monument, known as the best-preserved Sinagua cliff dwellings in North America.
Continue falling in love while you immerse your senses in views of the famous Bell Rock, Airport Mesa, Chapel of the Holy Cross, Cathedral Rock, Snoopy Rock, and Submarine Rock. Toast the harvest season with a glass of hot mulled cider or your favorite wine and explore on foot the many art galleries and shops unique to Sedona. Every moment spent on this tour is guaranteed to make you “fall” for red rocks and tranquility of Sedona.
Theodore Roosevelt once said “The Apache Trail combines the grandeur of the Alps, the glory of the Rockies, the magnificence of the Grand Canyon and then adds an indefinable something that none of the others have, to me, it is most awe-inspiring and most sublimely beautiful.” Now imagine experiencing this historic site with the cool crisp wisps of fall breeze and golden foliage in view. Strap on those fall boots, get those cozy mittens on your hands and celebrate the season by experiencing the beauty of the Sonoran Desert and Arizona’s first designated “Historic Highway.”
Grand Canyon South Rim Tour
Imagine a day that starts in Sedona and ends with views of the Grand Canyon, can you think of a better way to enjoy the fall season? Skip the pumpkin patch and soak up the red rocks of Sedona, the honey golden trees and flowing creek nestled in Oak Creek Canyon, and fill up your senses atop the Mogollon Rim. Experience views with every fall color as far as the eye can see at this incredible vantage point. Soak up every moment of traveling through the changing colors and terrain in Flagstaff on your way to tour the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.
The celebration of the harvest season continues once you arrive at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park, where you will have opportunities to walk the rim, shop, capture an unlimited number of photographs. As a tour bonus, you will be treated to distant views of the Painted Desert as well as close up views of the Little Colorado River Gorge and Navajo Nation. We guarantee you will find love in every step of the southwest this season.