Usery Mountain Park is at the border of Mesa and the desert. The park is part of the Maricopa County Park System. There are 30 miles of hiking trails, camping (tents or RV’s), and archery range. It does run $6 to get a car load in.
Every month there’s a full moon. Coincidentally, there’s a Range hike too. Be warned, during the winter there will be 200-300 sets of feet crunching sand and gravel. I only had 60 people with me tonite.
The hike itself is fairly level. A distance of about 2 miles should be easy for almost all who can hike. The landscape is typical for the Sonoran desert. Saguaro, chollas, and assorted cacti. Views of the mountains surrounding the park. It’s silver blue in the moonlight.
This is from the road sides along Saguaro Lake. The lake has several access points. It rests within the mountains. Several elevation changes and arroyos (dry river beds) give several different views and plants. The stately Saguaros are everywhere. The blooms are limited by rainfall. This is the second month of blooms here.
This week will bring the start of my third year with this blog. 1998 posts and 5 deleted ones later…. I celebrate two years with where I started. The original post. To all those reading, thank you for your support. I have met some of the best people i know here. 😃
Short trip to West Virginia in spring will leave you with some great memories. While you may have heard of New River Gorge, the place was meant for your eyes. Spring brings high water, wildflowers, and people. The New River cuts through several parks offering great views and chances explore on the ground.
211 Million years ago, this was a tree. Today it’s an eighty foot long fossil. Now there are only a few hundred full size and thousands of partial tress here. For $20 pass that is good for a week you get this and the Painted Desert too.
The basics are during the rise of the dinosaurs life was a forest here. Shallow water with a prefect muddy low oxygen shallow waterway… add millions of years and here you are. This area resembles the Badlands with color. It’s in a barren open meadow landscape. Although fairly flat, the dry area and erosion of heavy winter moisture has made for a.surreal world.
There are multiple visit centers. Plenty of history here. Good displays of what preceeded Dinosaurs and the human impact. This spreads over 30 miles of pavement. Good for all ages. You walk among the petrified trees. People sit on a Triassiac tree for family pictures!
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This piece of paradise is an hour from Flagstaff and three hours south of the Grand Canyon. I40 runs through the Northern part and Holbrook, AZ had food half hour away.