The Galiuro Mountains, located in the Sulpher Springs Valley north of Willcox, AZ are home to a variety of tree species, including Evergreen Oak, Douglas Fir, Ponderosa Pine, and Bigtooth Maple. In fall, the colors of the leaves rival those of any area in the country. Recently I organized a day hike with friends from work to seek out this wonder and beauty.
The drive is a fairly long trek from Tucson, about 3 hours, but well worth the trip. Travelling across the flat Sulpher Springs Valley, one could not possibly know the beauty that awaits nestled in the Galiuros. Seems like this year many folks were anticipating a colorful display. While not crowded, there were far more people and folks camping than I had ever seen in the area. Along the trail, it was quiet and very serene.
It is always difficult to predict the peak for fall leaves, and this year was no exception. While we seemed to be a week or so past peak, the colors did not disappoint. With warmer temperatures, and fall weather seeming to come later every year, I feel fortunate to have captured the intense yellows, reds, and pinks of the leaves.
Here is another gallery from a backpack into the area several years ago, which included a trip to the Powers Garden and Powers Cabin area. Some very interesting history surrounding this family. Here's a link to one of the stories written about them.
A documentary about the Powers family was also produced- here's a link to their site
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