Fall is my favorite season for so many reasons. First off, it marks the start of hunting season. Secondly, the cool, crisp air feels amazing and fall nights are perfect for bonfires. But what I've come to really enjoy and appreciate over the past decade are the amazing fall colors!
I first moved to Flagstaff, Arizona back in June of 2014 after starting my job with the National Weather Service (NWS). I had no idea how long I would live here, so it was always my goal to travel as frequently as possible to see all the beauty the American Southwest has to offer - and that is exactly what I did.
I began my hike from the Hualapai Hilltop parking lot around 5 AM. The trail starts off going down a series of switchbacks where you descend around 1,000 feet in the first mile or so. Almost immediately I ran into my first obstacle; four horses, two of which were babies. The trail was quite narrow, so I made sure not to get too close to the horses as they were slowly walking down in front of me.