Eight Reasons I Love Fall in the Arizona Desert

Eight Reasons I Love Fall in the Arizona Desert

Eight Reasons I Love Fall in the Arizona Desert

“Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird

I would fly about the earth seeking successive autumns.”  -George Eliot

This is the time of year that I start to remember why I still live in Arizona and why so many continue to move here. The scorching heat of the Arizona summer seems to be disappearing into my memory somewhere and I actually want to go outside.

Fall in the desert regions of Arizona is not orange. It isn’t red or yellow either. Fall in the desert is brown as always. Even so, it is my favorite season in the desert. Being a desert dweller, I do not look forward to the fall because of falling leaves or changing colors. I look forward to fall for a variety of reasons, some of which I have listed below.

  1. Lower high temperatures. The start of October usually means the end of 100+ degree highs. Sometimes we go over 100 degrees in October, but it is rare.
  2. Lower low temperatures. Sounds redundant but it isn’t. Right about the end of September the night air usually develops a slight chill. Sometimes I go outside at night just to feel it. It’s nice to go outside at night without sweating.
  3. The Arizona State Fair. Fall means the fair is here. I love going to the fair. I am a little too chicken to ride some of the rides, but I manage to have fun anyway.
  4. Pumpkin patches and harvest festivals. These events make me feel like I live somewhere that actually turns orange in the fall.  Besides that, they are great family fun and an opportunity to get outside and enjoy the nice weather.
  5. Perfect hiking weather.  In my opinion there is no better time and place to hike than Arizona in the fall (except maybe Arizona in the spring).
  6. No “car burn.” I can finally get into my car without being burned by the steering wheel, door handle, or gear shifter.
  7. I can wear pants again. If you don’t live somewhere hot, you won’t get this one.  I hate shorts.  I simply get giddy when I can break out my blue jeans after a long hot summer without them.
  8. Hot chocolate, tea, and soup make a comeback. Sure, you can have these things in the summer, but they are not as enjoyable as they are in the fall (not to mention the winter).
I could go on and on about fall in the desert, but eight is a nice round number and I will stop there so I can go outside and feel the night air. What is your favorite part of fall where you live?  Feel free to leave a comment. Share and let’s talk about it.



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  1. I’ve always wondered what fall in the desert is like. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Tiffany Cruz says

    Glad your finally getting fall(ish) weather. It might be sometime in November when we finally get fall weather. Cute post by the way.

  3. OK, this is the second blog in a row that I’ve visited where the writer lives in Arizona. Can I just say how jealous I am and that I’ve been trying to convince my husband to move there since the first time we went to the Fiesta Bowl?!

  4. Auntie Pamela says

    I enjoy Autumn in AZ as well!!! Wish you all could come visit in the fall and see all the things I love about MO. I know everybody would LOVE IT HERE! Miss ya sissy.

  5. I love your #8 – I have had hot chocolate every day this week and was just thinking about making up some soup this weekend.

  6. Susie B. Homemaker says

    I’m in Michigan so I know all about cold nights. lol I wish we had a longer summer with warmer weather. I do love Fall for the apple orchards, pumpkins patches, and hayrides though.

  7. Fall is my favorite time of year here too! Great list!!!

  8. I’ve always wanted to go to Arizona! I’m stopping by from the alexa hop and following you on GFC and facebook, hope you can check out my blog too!

  9. I love it when it gets cooler, when you can enjoy a walk in the evening without melting, and I love it when pumpkin-y items start coming back at all my favorite local eateries!

  10. I was just telling my husband how much I am looking forward to the cooler temps so we can hike again. Having moved to Arizona almost 18 months ago I love the fall, winter and spring!!! What a wonderful list.

  11. Love this …Arizona is so beauTiful

  12. Mommy pamela says

    Nice list! I miss the falls there :()

  13. Autumn is my favorite time of year too!! And though I loved it in Az, it’s even more perfect here in WA because we do have the beautiful color changing leaves!! I too, love the crispness that’s in the air this time of year at night! I’m sooo happy it’s Fall!!!! Hoodies, jeans, pumpkin patches, Halloween! Love it!!

  14. Autumn. My favorite season in every state. That crispness in the early morning air? Divine!
    And autumn is the beginning of camping season!


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