Fall Trips to Lowell Observatory

Leaf-watching, stargazing, fall events, and more.


1400 West Mars Hill Rd

Flagstaff AZ, 86001


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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.

Fall/Winter Hours

(Labor Day – Memorial Day)

Monday: Noon – 10pm
Tuesday: Noon – 6pm
Wednesday: Noon – 10pm
Thursday: Noon – 10pm
Friday: Noon – 10pm
Saturday: Noon – 10pm
Sunday: Noon – 10pm

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

On-Site Event

March 8 @ 12:00 pm

Daytime Viewing of Jupiter with the Clark Telescope

On-Site Event

March 9 @ 12:00 pm

Daytime Viewing of Jupiter with the Clark Telescope

March 9 @ 7:00 pm

Meet A Planetary Astronomer

On-Site Event

March 10 @ 12:00 pm

Daytime Viewing of Jupiter with the Clark Telescope

Virtual Event

March 11 @ 8:00 pm

Interactive Stargazing with Ashley Pagnotta

April 6 @ 7:00 pm

Meet An Astronomer

On-Site Event

April 8

The 2024 Great American Eclipse Party

Off-Site EventVirtual Event

April 8 @ 9:00 am

Eclipse Over Texas 2024 - Live From Waco

Virtual Event

April 8 @ 12:00 pm

2024 Eclipse Over Texas

April 13 @ 7:00 pm

Meet An Astrophysicist

April 20 @ 7:00 pm

Meet A Planetary Astronomer

April 27 @ 7:00 pm

Meet An Astronomer

Fall Events in Flagstaff

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Arizona Snowbowl Scenic Chairlift Ride

North of Flagstaff off Highway 180 on Snowbowl Road.
(928) 779-1951

Arizona Snowbowl is well known as a skiing and snowboarding winter wonderland. However, every summer and autumn nature lovers can take to the skies on the Scenic Gondola. As you soar over the mountains, you will enjoy the glories of autumn’s crisp amber, with a bird’s eye view of the mixed fir and aspen tree canopy below. Located north of Flagstaff off Highway 180 on Snowbowl Road.

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Community Farmers Market

Sundays through October 29, 2023
Sundays 8 am-12 pm
(928) 853-2382

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

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Flagstaff Oktoberfest

October 7, 2023
11 am-8 pm

Munich returns to downtown Flagstaff, AZ, with the annual Flagstaff Oktoberfest. Kick off the autumn season with bratwurst, pretzels and Plenty of Beer! Guests will enjoy many crowd favorites including polka music, brat eating contest, stein holding competition and much more. Lace up your dirndl, throw on your lederhosen and grab a stein because Flagstaff is celebrating 13 years of the Flagstaff Oktoberfest!

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Flagstaff Star Party and Celebration of the Night

September 21-23, 2023

This celebration offers discussions, telescope observing, night sky orientations, workshops (fee required), fascinating presentations about the stars and night skies and much more all in the First International Dark-Sky City. Event locations vary.

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Pumpkin Walk at the Arboretum

October 28, 2023
The Arboretum at Flagstaff
8 am- 5pm

Old-fashioned carnival games, spooky stories & face-painting, 100’s of lit Jack-o-Lanterns, and more details coming soon!

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Flagstaff Festival of Science: Pyramids to the Peaks

September 22-October 1, 2023

The Flagstaff Festival of Science is pleased to present “The Mammoth World of Science” September 22- October 1, 2023! The Festival features 10-days of engaging events and programs, all free, for the community to enjoy and celebrate the wonders of science! This year’s theme has been designed to showcase the fascinating research and scientific discovery of Beth Shapiro, PhD.

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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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