The month of October is one of the best times of year to visit Arizona, as it's just past monsoon season and the annual tourist season is just starting. Several of Arizona's top destinations can be toured year round, while others are best visited in the month of October, for annual Halloween events and fall activities.
Flagstaff Natural Attractions
Flagstaff (flagstaff.com) sits at the base of the San Francisco Peaks, less than an hour from the Grand Canyon. Flagstaff features a few natural attractions near the city's outskirts including Sunset Crater Volcano, Walnut Canyon and Wupatki national monuments. Guided tours are available on foot or by horseback.
Old Tucson Studios is a year-round attraction that offers Halloween-themed scariness in October. Nightfall at Old Tucson (nightfallaz.com) is a prime stop for horror lovers and, according to its website, not all attractions are suitable for children. Visitors can explore an entire haunted town that features a horror train, death row, mad scientists and various hideous creatures.
Arizona State Fair
The Arizona State Fair (azstatefair.com) is one of the state's largest annual events, beginning in mid-October. Numerous attractions are booked, including live concerts from Billboard's chart-topping artists, science exhibits, rodeos, monster truck events, Native American cultural events and American and exotic animal petting zoos.
Arizona is home to a number of ghost towns, many of which showcase a historic Wild West-era look. Goldfield Ghost Town (goldfieldghosttown.com) is a former gold mining town with underground tours, gun fight performances and original historic buildings. Whiskey Row (whiskeyrow.us) in Prescott, Arizona, was the site of many gun fights to the death and ghosts of gunslingers are said to still roam the dusty town streets.
The Navajo Nation (discovernavajo.com) spans more than 27,000 square miles in the states of Arizona, Utah and New Mexico. Arizona's Navajo attractions include historic trading posts, villages, tribal parks and national monuments. Guided tours are available by horseback, jeep and on foot.
The Hopi (hopiculturalcenter.com) are an ancient Native American people who built civilizations on and near the San Francisco Peaks, also known as the Mesas region. Wapi Village is the oldest Hopi civilization and the only one that offers guided tours of this historic region, which has been continuously inhabited for almost 1,000 years.
Red Rock Country
Red Rock Country (redrockcountry.org) in Sedona is named for its towering red-colored desert rocks. This scenic land region features the Coconino National Forest, Oak Creek Visitor Center, Fossil Creek Trailhead and Verde River. Guided walking and river tours are available.
Tombstone (cityoftombstone.com) is an Old West town known mainly for its history of gunslingers and the O.K. Corral shootout. Once a former mining camp, it's been nicknamed "The Town Too Tough to Die." According to evidence provided by the TV shows "Ghosthunters" and "Ghost Adventures," Tombstone features several haunted locations including Boot Hill cemetery, the O.K. Corral and Birdcage Theater.
Grand Canyon (nps.gov) is divided into two sections: the North Rim, which is open mid-May to mid-October and the South Rim, which is open year-round. As one of the seven natural wonders of the world, the Grand Canyon is a must-see attraction that can be experienced on foot, by horseback or mule, by helicopter and by raft along the Colorado River.
The Petrified Forest National Park (nps.gov) is in the northeastern part of Arizona, offering more than 50,000 acres of unspoiled wilderness. The park features numerous fossils dating back millions of years, petrified trees and a Painted Desert with multi-hued geological deposits of clay-rich soil and sedimentary rocks.