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Timberline Adventures Selects the Four Best National Parks for Autumn Hiking Vacations

Lunch at ZionDenver, CO (September 1, 2014)  With the kids back in school crowds thin dramatically at many popular National Parks. Wildlife migrations and gorgeous fall foliage amplify the beauty of the country’s most scenic landscapes including the Grand Canyon and the Great Smoky Mountains.  

Those who have the freedom to travel during the autumn months will enjoy our National Parks at a time when they are the least crowded and most beautiful. Timberline Adventures has narrowed down the list of options to the four best autumn hiking vacations on its roster.  

Forests vibrate with autumn color and traffic on our favorite trails dwindles. Many would argue that Appalachia’s mixed hardwoods offer the finest spectacle and Timberline Adventures Great Smoky Mountains National Park Hiking Tour is timed to take advantage of peak colors.

“This is the place that comes to mind when we think of fall foliage,” says Timberline Adventures owner Kisa Harris, “and to be perfectly honest, come October we'd much rather hike in mid-60s Tennessee and North Carolina than frosty New England.”

Smokies hikes include choice routes among the park’s 850 miles of trails, including Alum Cave Trail, Gregory Bald and Mt. LeConte. Expect a breath-taking display as the pin cherries, beeches, and maples will be in full glory. The 6-day/5-night tour is priced at $2250.

Cooler temperatures make desert destinations considerably more appealing. Timberline Adventures’ classic Grand Canyon Hiking Tour features a descent to the canyon floor with an overnight at the famous Phantom Ranch, where reservations must be made a year in advance. The tour also includes an exploration of Havasu Canyon. This astoundingly beautiful area on the Havasupai Indian Reservation is noted for sublime waterfalls set among towering sandstone cliffs. The 6-day/5-night tour is priced at $2245.

Another favorite desert park is the little-known Chiricahua National Monument. Despite its proximity to Tucson, the area seems to have remained curiously undiscovered, with comparatively little hiking traffic. Chiricahua is full of intricate rock formations, pinnacles and spires that are the eroded remnants of a huge volcanic explosion that happened 25 million years ago. The tour includes routes in four different mountain ranges covering a remarkable variety of Sonoran desert landscapes. The 6-day/5-night tour is priced at $2445.

Rounding out our list of top National Park hiking tours is California’s wondrous Point Reyes National Seashore. Scheduled during the fall migration, expect phenomenal bird watching on this tour, including the possibility of spotting peregrine falcons. Hikers will also be treated to the sight of masses of basking seals and sea lions, and are all but assured of seeing Tule elk who will be especially active during the fall rutting season. The 6-day/5-night tour is priced at $2345.

Timberline Adventures’ per person, double occupancy rates include inn or lodge accommodations, meals, van shuttles, daily route maps and narratives, park permits and fees, and professional guide services.

For itineraries, details, and reservations call 800-417-2453 or 303-664-8388, email or visit:


Routes, mileage and accommodations are subject to change due to safety, road/trail conditions, weather and availability.