The Autumn Equinox, which began on Sept. 22, brings cooler temperatures and a change in scenery in the Santa Catalina Mountains.
Leaves in red, orange and yellow are adding some color along the Catalina Highway and hiking trails open after the Bighorn Fire.
Good spots to see the Autumn colors include Bear Wallow Trail, Ski Valley, Summerhaven and Marshall Gulch.
Due to the Bighorn Fire, there are still some hiking trails which are currently closed, as of Oct. 2. Some trails which are currently closed are Mount Lemmon Trail #5, Marshall Gulch trail #3, Aspen Trail #4 and others. For a full list of trails closed visit the National Forest Website at https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/coronado/news-events/?cid=FSEPRD816994 or call the Santa Catalina Ranger District Office at (520)749-8700.
Rebecca Sasnett is a photojournalist for the Arizona Daily Star. From 2015-2019, she was a freelance photographer for clients such as Arizona Athletics and various magazines. She graduated from the University of Arizona.
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