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398. Desolate Coal Mine Canyon

Coal Mine Canyon is located about 15 miles east of Tuba City in northeastern Arizona. It’s remote and little-visited. One can drive to the rim of the canyon, but there is no official trail going down except an unofficial path which is very steep and crumbly. But the hike (more like slide) is well worth the trouble if you can overcome the fear. I’m glad that Libby and her husband were there; I wouldn’t go down without them. We were the only ones among the multi-colored and strangely-formed sandstones.

 

 

388. Desert Botanic Garden

The Desert Botanical Garden is located in Phoenix, central Arizona. Founded by the Arizona Cactus and Native Flora Society in 1937, the garden has more than 21,000 plants. It’s a great time to visit before it gets too hot.

 

 

 

385. Las Vegas (6): Lake Mead NRA—Grapevine Canyon

Grapevine Canyon is about one and a half an hour south of Las Vegas. It belongs to Lake Mead National Recreation Area, although you won’t see any lake from here.

What you will find is tons of petroglyphs! Hundreds or thousands of them! I’ve seen a lot of rock arts. This is one of the best sites.

381. Las Vegas (2): Red Rock Canyon NCA—Turtlehead Peak

The trail to Turtlehead Peak isn’t long (5 miles rt), but it is relative steep and exposed, not a trail to hike in the hot days. The view from up is rewarding—you can see red rocks and Las Vegas down below and snow-capped mountains in the distance. The pictures from the top are not too great—we arrived in the middle of a sunny day with harsh light.

377. More Fun in the Snow

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373. Desert Rose

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I love rocks. I don’t buy any souvenirs during my travel, but I do pick interesting rocks.  

Desert Rose is a beautiful rock I’ve seen in rock and mineral shops. It is a type of gypsum that forms rosette-like concretions. The rock is very cute and looks man-made.

Since it can be found in Arizona, I wondered whether I would be lucky to find it in the wilderness. One place to spot them, I learned, is a mine in Camp Verde. So Libby and I tried our luck. The salt mine is one of the oldest known mines in the United States. From far, the area seems covered by snow. We had a great time looking around and searching, but we only found “broken roses”.

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(The “broken rose” we found)

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(The photo is copied online)

370. Beautiful Wildflowers

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Although it is end of wildflower season, we’ve seen some gorgeous blooms. If you love wildflowers, Colorado is a great place to visit in the summer.

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