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Old 01-02-2018, 04:33 PM
 
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I normally don't make reservations this far out, but I learned my lesson last year when I was looking for a Thanksgiving reservation at Petit Jean in June. They basically laughed at me then. With a little advance planning, we have one of the original cabins reserved for 3 days during the 2nd week in October. I am hoping we will hit the Fall color in the sweet spot. I am betting it won't be 104 degrees F like the last time we visited there.

Gotta score some more Arkansas points with DW this year.
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Old 01-02-2018, 04:55 PM
 
Location: Ozark Mountains Arkansas
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I normally don't make reservations this far out, but I learned my lesson last year when I was looking for a Thanksgiving reservation at Petit Jean in June. They basically laughed at me then. With a little advance planning, we have one of the original cabins reserved for 3 days during the 2nd week in October. I am hoping we will hit the Fall color in the sweet spot. I am betting it won't be 104 degrees F like the last time we visited there.

Gotta score some more Arkansas points with DW this year.
As a cabin owner myself, October is the busiest time of year without question so you were smart to book now. It's probably a little early though for the best colors. For the past two years, the prettiest time was the very end of October to the first week of November, but I know every year can vary. Regardless, it will still be beautiful!
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Old 01-03-2018, 06:55 AM
 
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I also think you're a little early for color. Petit Jean is beautiful. The weather is usually nice. I hope you and your wife enjoy the visit.
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Old 01-03-2018, 08:45 AM
 
Location: Cambridge, Isanti County, MN
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That is a gorgeous area. I'll never forget the view of the river valley from the PJ gravesite. I had some excellent pics of it posted in the AR picture thread, but good ol' Photobucket is charging their users to embed pictures on other sites now. Those rats.
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Old 01-03-2018, 01:56 PM
 
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my wife and i made a trip to petit jean on christmas eve. we went to the museum of automobiles and drove around the mountain. (cloudy and cold day) there is no bad day to make a trip to petit jean.
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Old 01-03-2018, 04:56 PM
 
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Posted from Sarahsez:

"I also think you're a little early for color. Petit Jean is beautiful. The weather is usually nice. I hope you and your wife enjoy the visit.

Well then, it may be time to call in quit at work and stay the extra weeks to see the color. It's as good an excuse as any.
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Old 01-04-2018, 05:17 AM
 
Location: Hot Springs Village, Ark
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my wife and i made a trip to petit jean on christmas eve. we went to the museum of automobiles and drove around the mountain. (cloudy and cold day) there is no bad day to make a trip to petit jean.
A few years ago in January we drove up highway 9 to Petit Jean to have lunch at the lodge. It was a day or two after a minor ice storm and all the ice was gone on the roads and trees but when we started up the drive to the overlook, all the trees were still iced over. The sun was out and shining through the ice and it was absolutely stunning.

We could not walk much at the overlook as the wooden walkways were still iced over so we headed to the lodge and started seeing power trucks along the roadway. We thought not a good sign and when we got to the lodge the power was out so no lunch.

We went out the west side of the park and worked our way to highway 7 and went down to Jessieville and had our lunch at the Shack. The view was not quite the same but the food is always good at the Shack.

As you said, never a bad day for Petit Jean.
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Old 01-04-2018, 10:11 AM
 
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there is no bad day to make a trip to petit jean.
Amen...as is the case with SO MANY places in the Ouachitas/Ozarks. Never a lack of scenic drives to take or something "outdoorsy" to do.
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Old 01-04-2018, 09:11 PM
 
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^^^ I made a trip to the upper buffalo river area a few winters ago and saw things I had never seen in the spring and summer trips I had taken for decades. I love a cloudy winter drive in Arkansas, it is like having "x-ray" vision!
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Old 01-05-2018, 04:58 PM
 
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Petit Jean is part of what spurred my love for AR. It was hotter than Hades those few days, but the view from the lodge (also the food) was pure ecstasy.
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