Arizona is known for its spectacular desert landscapes, but drive about five hours west of Phoenix and cactus give way to oak, pine, aspen and other stars of the fall color showcase in the state’s White Mountain. Part of the Colorado Plateau, the high-elevation area, it sees a fair amount of snowfall in winter, but is still mild during the mid-to-late October foliage season. Now an easy way to relax and roll past miles of gorgeous landscape, the Coronado Trail was one of the westward routes of early pioneers, and inspiration of the National Old Trails Road and the 12 Madonnas of the Trail that placed in each of the twelve states this historic route passes through.
WHERE TO STAY
HANNAGAN MEADOW LODGE
Loved by many, called ‘run down’ by some, the Hannagan Meadow Lodge is a local institution. It’s located right on the Coronado Trail, so you can just hop in your car (or bike or feet) and go.
LAZY TROUT HOTEL AND CABINS
Quiet, clean and cozy, the Lazy Trout is located just south of the White Mountain Scenic Road and just west of the Coronado Trail.