Best time to visit Arizona

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Best time of year to visit Arizona

It's not easy to distinguish the best time to visit Arizona as incredible conditions for tourists can be found all year round. March through May can be a fantastic period with its pleasant temperatures and unbelievable blooms. This is when the number of visitors slowly starts to rise, but you can still make it to peaceful Antelope Canyon to catch a sunset. Summer in Arizona is hot and crowded, and many attractions are packed shoulder to shoulder with visitors. So it's better to inhale the fresh air by Cibecue, Havasu, or Tanque Verde Falls. Just like spring, fall is a joyful time to head to Arizona with warm weather and plenty to do. Don't miss witnessing a solar spotlight at the Anthem Veterans Memorial on Veteran’s Day in November. Choose winter if you’d prefer to save some money or can't stand messing with crowds. Numerous light parades and festivals will happily welcome you.

14 THINGS TO DO IN ARIZONA (SEPTEMBER 28 - OCTOBER 07)

Wildcat Trail & Monument Valley

Wildcat Trail & Monument Valley

April–June | September–October • activity

One of those places in Utah that make your heart beat faster due to its breathtaking scenery

Antelope Canyon Light Beams Season

Antelope Canyon Light Beams Season

April–September • nature

A place where the photo for your screensaver was made

The Wave (Coyote Buttes)

The Wave (Coyote Buttes)

September–May (avoid summer months) • nature

Apply for a lottery and be one of the lucky few to hike this gorgeous red sandstone formation at the Arizona/Utah border

Blood-Shooting Lizards

Blood-Shooting Lizards

March–November • nature

Usually, it protects itself by the means of camouflage, but when business is serious, it puffs up to double-size and shoots blood from its eyes

Arizona Fall Foliage

Arizona Fall Foliage

late September–late November • nature

Beautiful foliage complements rocky landscapes of Arizona

Havasu & Navajo Falls

Havasu & Navajo Falls

March–November • nature

Welcome to the most dramatic waterfalls of the Grand Canyon

Wupatki National Monument

Wupatki National Monument

October–April • activity

The best preserved pueblo ruins in America

Tanque Verde Falls

Tanque Verde Falls

March–October • nature

A secluded waterfall with an easy access not far from Tucson

Cibecue Falls

Cibecue Falls

May–September • activity

Enjoy a refreshing pool by a secluded waterfall

Tarantula Migration

Tarantula Migration

June–October  • nature

Every fall, thousands of tarantulas roam the desert looking for a mate

Oatman Ghost Town

Oatman Ghost Town

year round • activity

An abandoned mining town in Arizona is now overrun by donkeys

The Crack at Wet Beaver Creek

The Crack at Wet Beaver Creek

April–October • activity

An awesome hiking destination and a swimming hole

Hummingbird Migration

Hummingbird Migration

late April–early October (best in late July–early August) • nature

The only state across the country where you can spot 15 different species of hummers at a time

Weavers Needle

Weavers Needle

September–May • nature

A beautiful ascent for experienced climbers

20 THINGS TO DO OUT OF SELECTED DATE RANGE

All Souls Procession in Tucson

All Souls Procession in Tucson

out of rangeNovember 8, 2020 (virtual event) • event

Join the huge procession and colorful celebration together with tens of thousands, who have come to remember the dead

Arizona State Fair

Arizona State Fair

out of rangeOctober 8–November 1, 2020 • event

Cowboy hats and country music are a must at this traditional entertainment event of the American West

APS Electric Light Parade

APS Electric Light Parade

out of rangeDecember 6, 2020 (virtual event) • event

An annual event that lights up Phoenix for the holidays

Tucson Parade of Lights & Festival

Tucson Parade of Lights & Festival

out of rangeNovember 30, 2019 • event

Downtown Tucson draws together the entirety of the local community to celebrate the winter season and unique culture of the Tucson community

Chandler Parade of Lights

Chandler Parade of Lights

canceledDecember 5, 2020 • event

See the iconic Tumbleweed Tree sparkle with colorful lights

Winterhaven Festival of Lights

Winterhaven Festival of Lights

out of rangeDecember 14–29, 2019 • event

A favourite Christmas tradition in the community of Tucson

Solar Spotlight at the Anthem Veterans Memorial

Solar Spotlight at the Anthem Veterans Memorial

out of rangeNovember 11 • event

Once a year, on Veterans' Day, the sun shines perfectly on this spot

4th of July

4th of July

out of rangeJuly 4 • event

The most dazzling day of the year in Arizona

Arizona Balloon Classic

Arizona Balloon Classic

out of rangeJanuary 23–25, 2021 • event

The premier hot air balloon race and festival in the state

Fantasy of Lights

Fantasy of Lights

canceledNovember 27, 2020 • event

One of the best holiday events in Tempe, Phoenix

El Tour de Tucson

El Tour de Tucson

out of rangeApril 10, 2021 • event

Visit one of the largest biking events in the United States

Tucson Gem and Mineral Show

Tucson Gem and Mineral Show

canceledFebruary 11–14, 2021 • event

The biggest and most famous gem and mineral show in the world

Grand to Grand Ultra

Grand to Grand Ultra

out of rangeSeptember 19–25, 2021 • event

Are you up for a seven-day race in one of the remotest parts of America?

Skiing and Snowboarding in Arizona

Skiing and Snowboarding in Arizona

out of rangelate November–April (February–March) • activity

From San Francisco Peaks to Santa Catalinas, Arizona has plenty of slopes to conquer

Winterfest Street Festival

Winterfest Street Festival

out of rangeFebruary 20–21, 2021 • event

Enjoy the fair, food, and music for two spectacular days in Lake Havasu City

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year

out of rangeFebruary 12–14, 2021 (virtual) • event

The popular cultural festival offers delicious food and entertainment

Reebok Ragnar Del Sol

Reebok Ragnar Del Sol

on holdFebruary 2021 • event

An inspiring sunset chase in a beautiful Sonora desert

Christmas Lights in and near Phoenix, AZ

Christmas Lights in and near Phoenix, AZ

out of rangeearly November–January • event

See Phoenix put on its holiday dress and transform into a glimmering wonderland

New Year's Eve

New Year's Eve

out of rangeDecember 31  • event

Apache State offers astonishing options to ring in the New Year

Sandhill Crane Migration

Sandhill Crane Migration

out of rangeNovember–early March  • nature

Thousands of cranes spend winter in southeast Arizona

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