Tag Archive: Arizona

Cedar Pocket, Virgin River Canyon Recreation Area, Arizona, Part 2: Climb Every Mountain, Ford Every Stream

As I said in my last post, there are no trails in the Virgin River Canyon Recreation Area, but access is unrestricted so the following morning, exploring I went. I started by crossing… Continue reading

Cedar Pocket, Virgin River Canyon Recreation Area, Arizona, Part 1: Wading Through the Virgin River

The Cedar Pocket section of the Virgin River Canyon contains a small day-use area and campground situated on the rim of the canyon overlooking the river. There are no trails in the canyon… Continue reading

V – Bar – V Petroglyph Site, Coconino National Forest, Arizona

The V – Bar – V Heritage Site contains a series of panels incised with more than a thousand petroglyphs that were carved between approximately 1150 and 1400 AD by the Southern Sinaguans.… Continue reading

Tuzigoot National Monument, Arizona

Tuzigoot National Monument is a pueblo constructed by the Sinagua people, who also occupied the nearby cliff dwellings at Montezuma Castle and Montezuma Well. Unlike those settlements however, the pueblo at Tuzigoot is… Continue reading

Bell Rock Pathway, Sedona, Arizona

Bell Rock Pathway is a well-used trail winding through the large red rock formations that make Sedona famous. I walked around some of the more notable formations – Courthouse Butte and Bell Rock… Continue reading

Montezuma Castle National Monument and Montezuma Well, Arizona

Montezuma Castle National Monument features a 20-room cliff dwelling constructed by the southern Sinaguan people of central Arizona between 1100 and 1300 AD. The soft, already-eroded limestone here was easily shaped into living… Continue reading

Bell Trail, Coconino National Forest, Arizona

I camped for three nights in Coconino National Forest, located in central Arizona near Sedona, with the intent of hiking along the Bell Trail along Wet Beaver Creek – though discovered archaeological sites… Continue reading

Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Part 3: Random Observations. Plus, Saguaros Gone Wild

In addition to the other hikes and walks, I took a couple mile jaunt near a wayside that yielded some interesting piles of tuff and more cactus; there were also more views of… Continue reading

Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Part 2: Alamo Canyon Trail, Desert View Trail, Victoria Mine Trail, and Palo Verde Trail

I hiked quite a few trails while at Organ Pipe but although they were for the most part spectacular, many of the landscapes appeared similar. So in the interests of not showing you… Continue reading

Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Part 1: The Ajo Mountain Drive, Arch Canyon Trail, and Bull Pasture Trail

I spent four days at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument in southern Arizona, amazed at what was a completely new landscape for me. The Sonoran Desert is famous for the saguaro cactus, which… Continue reading