I have been in Arizona for over five years and have never realized all the beautiful parks and walking trails. After recovering from my back injury, I wanted to go out and be a part of nature. I wanted to unplug and go out into the beauty of the world around me. I never realized how close I was to one of the State’s Land Trust parks.
Not used to desert, where I come from there is grass and greenery everywhere, the greens and purples of the trees and cactus stand out in contrast to the majestic mountains. The air is so clean and today was a perfect day to walk. It is 73 degrees here in January!
There are some really interesting looking cactus. Walking the trails, I would see nothing but rocks and dirt and then suddenly a cactus out in the middle of nowhere. The mountains are massive. Here I am halfway up the mountain and still in the background there are some that are still higher yet.
There are many trails to follow. Some are easy. Most are moderate to difficult. I think due to the steep inclines and the rocky terrain.
It was so peaceful out there. I didn’t even feel like I was ‘exercising’ when I was climbing the hills. There was a little gecko that ran out in front of me on his merry way. 🙂
The park was once used as a dumping ground 🙁 but the city went and cleaned it all up, created the different trails, camp grounds and horse paths. I am glad they decided to preserve the land. There isn’t much around AZ that isn’t built up so I cherish the areas where I can relax and think about what was created for me and all living things to live in. It makes one realize what is truly important in this world.
These photos I took with my iPhone. It is easy to get lost so once I get familiar with all the different trail, I plan on taking my Canon with me to take more photos. Its hard to capture the true height and depth of the mountains and ravines.
One of the look out points is on top of one of the mountains looking down into the valley and to try to capture how high up from the bottom is difficult on the phone. I am afraid of heights but when I was on that look out, I was amazed at all that grew in the valley and how the mountains surrounded it along with the blue skies that I totally forgot about being afraid. I plan on making these hikes a weekly adventure.