US Southwest National Parks in the Fall

Fall weather and temperatures are amazing this time of year to enjoy outdoor activities like hiking, camping, kayaking, scenic drives, and more during the fall months at the National Parks in the US Southwest.

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Grand Canyon National Park in the Fall

With milder temperatures than summer (but still warm by most peoples’ standards), fall is the perfect time to go hiking and explore the canyon without overheating.

Petrified Forest National Park in the Fall

Petrified Forest is a great Southwestern national park to visit in the fall. Even though the name implies a forest, it is mostly a desert park with some fossilized tree logs.

Death Valley National Park in the Fall

Different from most other national parks that are lush, green, and mountainous, Death Valley is typically pictured as sparse, dry, and deserted.

Joshua Tree National Park in the Fall

Joshua Tree National Park is known for its whimsical Dr. Seuss-like trees, incredible rock formations, and unique desert landscape.

Black Canyon of the Gunnison in the Fall

September and October are great months to plan your vacation to Black Canyon of the Gunnison. You’ll enjoy pleasant weather and fewer crowds this time of year. 

Mesa Verde National Park in the Fall

Mesa Verde National Park is a must-see! You can learn about the Ancestral Pueblo culture, explore what they built, and hike the nearly 30 miles of park trails.

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