One of the most beautiful Western landscapes I’ve ever seen is in a Nevada state park that I would have missed if I hadn’t exchanged a little trail banter with a fellow hiker at Red Rock Canyon near Las Vegas this past May.
The distinctive organ pipe cactus is so sensitive to freezing temperatures that its northernmost range is in very southern Arizona in and near Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. However, the most noticeable cactus is the saguaro. Read the rest of this entry »
Although I chose not to visit Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge with a heavily loaded minivan due to the rugged roads, I stopped at the refuge’s visitor center in Ajo, Arizona and found out about a loop drive that was much easier to navigate. Read the rest of this entry »
Any excuse for a road trip: I moved to Oklahoma for a better job, and I stopped at some scenic places enroute.
Almost as soon as I crossed from California into Arizona I started seeing saguaro cactus. Read the rest of this entry »