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Greater Arizona: Fall Colors

Well, fall is here, whether the weather feels like it or not.  We have been working hard on our Fall Guide and realized that some of these festivities start now and we must let our readers know!  So today we give you one of our sub-headings for your viewing and planning pleasure.  You have until this weekend to decide - do I go to Sunrise or Snowbowl?  We know, it's the debate of the century.  (My family chose Snowbowl, not because we aren't loyal to Sunrise, but because we just can't make it work for Sunrise this weekend.)  

Fall Colors:  

We might not have beautiful fall foliage at every turn here in the valley, but just a short drive away there is. Two ski resorts in Arizona welcome visitors to come and enjoy this changing season.

Sunrise Ski Resort (Pinetop area): October 8th and 9th from 10:00AM – 4:00PM, enjoy the fall color scenic lift ride. Adults are $10, kids 12 and under are $5. This has been a favorite fall activity in our family and it we look forward to it each year. While at Sunrise, take advantage of “free” junior season passes. In order to get your junior season pass for those 12 and under, you must purchase a child’s scenic lift ride, recite a responsibility code, bring one can of food to donate for the food drive, show proof of age and signed parent waiver, and pay a printing fee of around $25. It may not be totally free but it will save you hundreds of dollars. All season passes are on sale until the 9th of October.  Check out their website for more information here. 

We advise to enjoy the day up north by continuing your fall color experience with a drive through Greer. Sadly this year will bear the mark of a devastating forest fire, but we are thankful for all that was preserved by heroic efforts.  Go here for Greer dining options and other activities. 

Snowbowl's Skyride (Flagstaff area): The skyride operates from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until mid October. The cost is $12 per adult, children 7 and under and those over 70 are free, ages 8-12 and seniors are $8. Group discounts are available. After you get to the top you can take a short little hike to the summit of the mountain. From there the view is incredible. You can see as far as 70 miles, looking down on several mountains, and you can even see the rim of the Grand Canyon which is 60 miles away. Rangers are also available to talk about the flora, fauna and history of the San Francisco Peaks. Season passes for skiing are on sale until the 19th of October and children 7 and under can purchase a season pass for only $29 all season long.  More information on their website here.  

While in Flagstaff, you might want to check out the Lowell Observatory as well. 

Don’t forget to enter our $50 cash giveaway here.

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