Fall Trips to Lowell Observatory

Leaf-watching, Star Gazing, Fall Events, and More

Get Ready to Fall in Love!

While Arizona is known for its dry desert vistas, Flagstaff experiences a full range of seasonal weather—that means blankets of snow in the winter, vibrant blooms in the spring, sunny days in the summer, and beautiful changing leaves in the fall. If you’re looking to take an autumnal retreat this fall season, Flagstaff is the perfect destination!

Add stargazing to your list of amazing things to do during your fall trip to Northern Arizona! On this page, you will find out how to get the best leaf-watching and stargazing out of your trip.

Seasonal Tours

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Haunted Hill Tours

Duration

45 minutes

When

October 28 - 31

6:30pm - 7:15pm
8:00pm - 8:45pm

Price

Adults: $35
Children (<17): $25

*Includes general admission, no local discounts.

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Fall Constellations

Discover Flagstaff Leaf-ometer

Use Discover Flagstaff’s virtual LEAF-ometer to check on the changing fall colors around Flagstaff throughout the autumn season! Whether you’re planning a scenic hike or a seasonal photo session, the LEAF-ometer will keep you updated on what kinds of fall colors to expect.

You can also visit DiscoverFlagstaff.com to see beautiful photos taken in various locations around Flagstaff and surrounding areas for an accurate foliage forecast. 

Directions to Lowell

Upcoming Events At Lowell

February 4 @ 9:30 am

Science Saturday | Earth and Planetary Science

Off-Site Event

February 16 @ 6:00 pm

I Heart Pluto Festival | Cheers to Pluto! Special Astronomy on Tap at Mother Road

Off-Site Event

February 17 @ 6:00 pm

I Heart Pluto Festival | Pluto Pub Crawl

On-Site Event

February 18

I Heart Pluto Festival - Day 1

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February 18 @ 10:00 am

I Heart Pluto Festival | VIP Tour

On-Site Event

February 18 @ 12:30 pm

I Heart Pluto Festival | Unveiling the 9" Tombaugh Telescope

Off-Site Event

February 18 @ 6:00 pm

I Heart Pluto Festival | Night of Discovery with Astronaut Nicole Stott

On-Site Event

February 18 @ 7:00 pm

Meet An Astronomer

On-Site Event

February 19

I Heart Pluto Festival - Day 2

On-Site Event

February 19

I Heart Pluto Festival - Day 3

Virtual Event

February 19 @ 7:00 pm

I Heart Pluto Festival 2023 | Livestream with Dr. Alan Stern

On-Site Event

February 19 @ 8:00 pm

2023 I Heart Pluto Festival | Science Talk with Dr. Will Grundy

Fall Events in Flagstaff

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Arizona Snowbowl Scenic Chairlift Ride

Daily
Arizona Snowbowl
10 AM – 4 PM. 

Take in the dramatic scenery of Northern Arizona from a bird’s eye view on the Arizona Gondola.

As the lift travels up to 11,500 feet, you can see the cinder cone volcanic field, the red rocks in Sedona, and as far as the Grand Canyon on a clear day. The gondola ride offers great opportunities for photography, observing skiers and snowboarders, or just enjoying the fresh air and expansive views from the San Francisco Peaks.

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Community Farmers Market

Every Sunday until October 30
Flagstaff City Hall
8:00 am – 12:00 pm

The freshest in regional fruits, vegetables, honey, baked goods, fresh flowers, tamales, jams, breads and more at City Hall on Sunday mornings.

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NAU Festival of Choirs

Sunday, October 23, 2022 
NAU’s Ardrey Memorial Auditorium
3:00 pm

The NAU School of Music presents the Fall Festival of Choirs Concert featuring a variety of historic, contemporary and multicultural choral works performed by NAU’s various student ensembles.

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Pumpkin Carving at Dark Sky

Friday, October 28
Dark Sky Brewing
3:00 – 6:00 pm

Come care the pumpkins that will make The Arb Pumpkin Walk shine! Carving is free for the while family while supplies last!

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Pumpkin Walk at the Arboretum

October 29, 2022
The Arboretum at Flagstaff
4:00 – 8:00 pm

Old-fashioned Carnival Games, Spooky stories & Face-Painting, Halloween fun from Tynkertopia, 100’s of lit Jack-o-Lanterns, Beer from Dark Sky and Historic, Dinner from Hatcher Shack Bar-B-Q, Community Organizations, Music from Lady Beard.

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Visit DiscoverFlagstaff.com for More Fall Events!

To experience the fall colors at their finest, hit the hiking trails and climb to 8,000 feet in elevation; where large stands of aspen trees steal the show with their quaking leaves glowing like liquid sunshine.

To find out when the leaves will be changing, check the Flagstaff LEAF-ometer to see color ranges for different regions throughout Flagstaff. A scenic drive is a great way to see the fall colors, and so is a glorious autumn hike.

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