Category Archive: Arizona

Hiking in the Santa Rita Mountains and at Patagonia Lake, plus a Tour of the Mission Copper Mine

After our visit with Tom’s daughter and family in Orange County ended we had about 5 days in which to travel to Las Cruces, New Mexico for the start of our Habitat build… Continue reading

Return to Canyon de Chelly and a Jeep Tour of the Canyon  Floor

Our next stop was at Canyon de Chelly, a place I was really enthusiastic about returning to after my trip there in December (blog posts here and here). As I gushed about previously,… Continue reading

Hiking in Tonto National Forest and Hellsgate Wilderness

For as much as we loved Gila National Forest in New Mexico, the section of Tonto National Forest near Payson, Arizona really kind of blew us away. It was a similarly arid, open… Continue reading

A Section of the Continental Divide Trail and the Wild Burro Trail in the Tortolita Mountains

This post contains photos from our two hikes we did on our way to our next stop in Tonto National Forest in northeast Arizona. Since we were in no particular hurry – and… Continue reading

A Trip to Tucson to Visit My Sister

My sister and her husband, who live in New Jersey, had been planning to visit the Tucson area for a rock and gem show and so once we figured out the dates they’d… Continue reading

Biosphere 2

Biosphere 2 is 7.2 million ft3 enclosed earth systems science research facility that contains 5 biomes used for large scale ecological experimentation. Most people have heard of Biosphere 2 because of the closed… Continue reading

Hiking in Coronado National Forest and Driving the Catalina Highway

I like the desert well enough – and I’m actually quite fond of high desert with it’s pinyon and juniper and rock – but there’s only so much low desert exploring I care… Continue reading

Saguaro National Park

Saguaro National Park is divided into two sections, the Tucson Mountain District on the west side of the city of Tucson and the Rincon Mountain District on the eastern side. Originally established in… Continue reading

The Zigs and the Sags: Weaving our way through the Sonoran Desert in Tucson Mountain Park

After sightseeing and walking around a bit in the western district of Saguaro National Park (I’ll come back to that in the next post) we were looking for more hiking and less people.… Continue reading

Another Trail in Picacho State Park, an Exploration of Ironwood Forest National Monument, and a Hike in Tortolita Mountain Park

We camped at Picacho State Park for a few nights due to it’s central location, plus we wanted to hike the Sunset Vista Trail, which is the other major trail in the park.… Continue reading