8 Ways to Soak Up the Southwest in Fall
Get away to favorite hot springs, historic hideaways, and awe-inspiring national parks
Village vibe in Arroyo Seco, NM
Fall’s golds and reds are at their height in this tiny, eclectic village 9 miles north of Taos.
Right at the foot of towering Taos Mountain, Arroyo Seco is perfect for an outdoor adventure on horseback through streams, rocky cliffs, and changing leaves.
In town, country meets bohemian with tons of eco-friendly finds. America’s favorite boho sweetheart, Julia Roberts, even lives on a secluded ranch nearby.
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Escape the crowds and find the hidden beauty of southern Utah's incomparable canyons.
With daytime temperatures in the 60s and 70s, autumn is a good time to explore.
The cottonwoods blaze brilliant yellow against the surrounding red rock. No wonder renowned artists like Maynard Dixon found inspiration here.
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Golden leaves, killer margaritas, and an artistic core: This Southwestern town is the real deal.
At a time when so many towns have become soulless clones of one another, Taos, with its creative heart, natural beauty, and ancient roots, delivers an inimitable experience, especially in autumn.
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In the New Mexico mountains, a beautiful road leads to three great places to soak your worries away.
Get our picks, plus a suggested 3-day weekend itinerary.
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On a guided pack trip, you can explore some of the Southwest’'s most rugged, pristine country ― and let someone else worry about dinner (and pitching the tent).
Get our guide to the outfitters and the wilderness you can explore.
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This high-altitude town has the best of both worlds: great food and culture combined with some of the best hiking and foliage around.
Here's how to get there, what to do and where to shop, eat, drink, and stay.
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The park is beautiful in autumn, with turning aspen and cool clear days.
Descend into the canyon on foot or by mule, experience the nightlife, or see an overlooked overlook during your ultimate Grand Canyon adventure.
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Families can spend a crisp fall day in Arizona's Verde Valley, delving into ancient dwellings and learning about their former residents, the Sinagua.
And in autumn, the golden canopies of the area's towering sycamore and cottonwood trees are reason enough for the drive.
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