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6 Best Fall Hikes In and Around Show Low

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Residents and visitors to Torreon make the most of their time in the mountains exploring the area in and around Show Low on the many hiking trails. Autumn is an especially nice time to enjoy the views and find colorful trees amidst the beautiful evergreen trees. 

The White Mountains region, with an elevation of 11,000 feet, is known for its aspen and oak trees, which turn golden and orange in the fall. You’ll actually find a road named W. Falling Leaf Rd. at Torreon. The peak season for fall colors usually runs from mid-October into November.

We recommend these areas to explore while hiking or even just to view fall leaves turning to brilliant shades of golden, orange and red during a car ride along the roads:

1. Show Low Bluff Trail

The Show Low Bluff Trail is a great place to see the town's trees changing color in the fall. This trail is unique in that there’s a small stream running alongside much of it, making for a picturesque scene. It’s an easy, short hike about a mile long right in Show Low.

Distance from Torreon: 8.7 miles

2. Mogollon Rim Trail

You’ll be treated to sweeping views and a perfect palette of fall color in mid to late October. This easy .8 mile out-and-back trail gives you plenty to see and the escape you need without the time commitment many other hikes require. Great for walking, running or hiking, with a paved path. 
Distance from Torreon: 8.7 miles 

3. Sunrise Ski Park

A bit farther south, you’ll find a cathedral of color at Sunrise, with bright yellow aspen branches framed by a bright blue sky and dark green ridgelines. On the ground, the forest floor is colored a rusty brown against the dark volcanic rocks. A nice trail to walk through fall colors.

Distance from Torreon: 45 miles

4. Mount Baldy Trail

Another gorgeous spot is the Mount Baldy trail, about 50 miles south of Show Low via AZ Highway 260. You can find aspens galore on the Mount Baldy trail. The trail climbs pretty steadily, but the higher you go, the better the views get. Once you get to some lookout points you’re able to see hints of the aspens in the surrounding hillside mixed in with the pines. It’s a 14.2-mile out-and-back trail and generally considered a challenging route.
Distance from Torreon: 60 miles

5. Additionally, along AZ Highway 260, you’ll enjoy Big Springs, Woodland Lake and the White Mountain Wildlife and Nature Center, approximately 15 miles south of Torreon. The oaks there turn shades of yellow-green-gold and deep orange.

6. Springs Trail is also in the Woodland Lake area, off Bucksprings Road via 260. This is an easy one-mile hike to gorgeous pools, lovely any time of year, with good fall color later in the season (oaks, bracken) although not many aspens. It's close to town but has deep-forest beauty.

Remember to bring water, snacks, lunch, bug spray, and lots of sunscreen. Gas up. Wear layers you can take off or put on, as the temperature can vary 30-40 degrees in a day. Be prepared for wind and rain. 

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Located just three hours from Phoenix in Show Low, Ariz., Torreon is a luxury golfing community nestled in the White Mountains. It offers convenience, world-class recreation, and amenities for the entire family. Offering everything from a sprawling outdoor pool, expansive fitness center to award-winning food at Torreon Grille as well as a family and game center, fishing pond and endless trails throughout the community, every member or guest is sure to enjoy time at Torreon. Learn more at

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