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Fall looks different in Arizona than other states. How autumn turns a leaf in central, southern AZ

By Lauren Gilger
Published: Tuesday, October 11, 2022 - 12:47pm

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Saguaro Cactus Forest
Saguaro Cactus Forest in Saguaro National Park, outside of Tucson.

If you walk into just about any store right now, you’re practically hit in the face with fall.

From pumpkins and pumpkin spice to cozy fall décor, knit sweaters, warm blankets — you name it. Fall is everywhere.

But the leaves aren’t changing in the Sonoran desert where we live. The cactuses remain green and it’s going to inch close to 100 degrees later this week. So what does fall mean here in the desert Southwest?

For that, The Show turned to Gregory McNamee, a longtime Arizona writer, editor and the author of the latest Frommer’s guide to Arizona.

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Gregory McNamee
Gregory McNamee

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