So Cal's Rare Fall Colors On Display
WRIGHTWOOD, Calif. – While it may not be the dramatic displays of New England or the Appalachians, fall does put on a colorful show in some parts of Southern California.
In the San Gabriel Mountains, just 75 miles northeast of Los Angeles, NAVITAT CANOPY ADVENTURES gives visitors the chance to view the colors of fall from an entirely new perspective – high in the treetops.
Open since July, NAVITAT is a high-adventure zip line canopy tour that emphasizes educating guests about the natural environment, history and culture of the surrounding area. Located in Wrightwood, Calif., the world-class course is entirely tree-based and features three sky bridges, three rappels, one set of sky stairs, four trails and 10 zip lines ranging from 200 to 1,500 feet in length -- including one that sends guests soaring 300 feet above the canyon floor.
“We’re excited to be marking our first fall in Wrightwood,” said Caley Bowman, Marketing Manager at NAVITAT-Wrightwood. “The colors are just beginning to show, and the temperatures are cooler now. We’re looking forward to showing guests the rugged beauty of the San Gabriel Mountains.”
NAVITAT’s nearly 300-acre tour site is densely forested with mostly conifers and evergreens. A variety of deciduous trees, especially in the canyon creek beds, provide unexpected pops of color in the fall to an otherwise green landscape.
Early in the season, willow and maple trees turn warm and vivid yellows. Later, the golden leaves of the black oaks emerge, as well as changes to many plants in low-lying areas. From the course, guests also get long-range views of the Mojave Desert, Sierras and the San Bernardino Ridge including San Gorgonio, Southern California’s highest peak.
“With some of the highest, fastest and longest zip lines in the country, a NAVITAT tour is an exhilarating and unforgettable way to spend a fall day,” said Bowman.
NAVITAT tours run daily (except Wednesdays) through Nov 30. Tours last approximately 3.5 to 4 hours. Reservations are required. Price is $109 per adult and $99 per youth under 18. Weight and health restrictions apply. Visit www.navitat.com/wrightwood to book your tour and learn more.
Discounts are available to groups of eight or more, active military members and their immediate families, residents of Wrightwood, Phelan and Pinon Hills, Calif., and Mountain High Season Passholders.