Category Archive: Arizona

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

Abby the Rockstar: The Trail to the Top of Picacho Peak

Have you ever been on a trail and wondered how and why the person who designed it/laid it out/made it an official trail came up with the route? I’ve certainly hiked on a… Continue reading

Casa Grande Ruins National Monument

Two days after Christmas we left Utah, traveling south for an 11-week trip. After a full day of driving we made our first stop at Casa Grande National Monument, a Hohokam archaeological site… Continue reading

Hiking near Black Rock, Arizona

We set for a hike with Terry the day after I returned to Utah but there was a cold front and quite a bit of snow. Abby loved it. We humans decided to… Continue reading

Wupatki National Monument

Following the eruption of Sunset Volcano in the 11th century, thousands of prehistoric people came to settle on the high plains north of modern Flagstaff immediately surrounding the 1,000-foot cinder cone. Within this… Continue reading

Walnut Canyon National Monument

Like Homol’ovi, Walnut Canyon tells another part of the great migration stories of the peoples who lived in the Southwest in the 11th – 15th centuries. Following the volcanic eruption that created Sunset… Continue reading

Homol’ovi State Park

Homol’ovi State Park preserves a cluster of villages that were occupied between ca. 1250 and 1400 AD and thus provide archaeologists with an important link in reconstructing the migration of ancient peoples in… Continue reading

Petrified Forest National Park

Well, the storm I wrote about waiting out in my last post left northern New Mexico slick with seriousl layers of ice and snow. I had planned to continue north to visit archaeological… Continue reading

Canyon de Chelly National Monument, Part 2: South and North Rim Overlooks

Canyon de Chelly National Monument protects over 84,000 acres of the Navajo Reservation, encompassing Canyon Del Muerto and Black Canyon as well, that break off from the longer, eponymous Canyon de Chelly. These… Continue reading