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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.

 

 

 

382. Las Vegas (3): Sloan Canyon NCA

I’d never even heard Sloan Canyon National Conservation Area before this trip. I was just checking the map and found a green spot. I’m glad I was curious enough to check it online. At first, from all the reading I did online, it seemed to be inaccessible without a high clearance vehicle. I was so determined I called BLM and learned the road to the visitor center was recently paved!

If you love rock art, Sloan Canyon is a place you don’t want to miss. There are hundreds of petroglyphs, and you can get very close to them. Best of all, not too many people were there. We’ve only seen two couples—a young couple breezed through the area, and the other spent twenty minutes. Libby and I spent more than half a day, taking a picture of all the petroglyphs we could find. It was like treasure hunting.

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.

380. Las Vegas (1): Red Rock Canyon NCA—Calico Basin

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is very close to the city. I’ve been there several times, but I loved going back with a good friend. Libby and I hiked there four days in a row; half of time we had cold, windy, and cloudy days. The pictures I posted here are from Calico Basin. It’s on the eastside of the park.

Pay attention to this trail. There are no clear markers. We’re good hikers, and we paid attention. Yet we missed a turn and ended bushwhacking up a steep hill with two other girls, who apparently also had trouble following the trail. Luckily Libby and I had common sense to turn back and found our way. There was a pile of rocks in the middle of a wash as a sign to turn. It’s easy to miss a pile of rocks in the land of rocks.

377. More Fun in the Snow

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376. Fun after the Rain

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374. Birds in Sedona

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I had never thought Arizona is a good place for bird-watch until I lived in Sedona. There are a lot of birds in the area; some are very pretty. I’ve seen quite a few even in my backyard.

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(Blue Bird?)

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(Dove)

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(Northern Flicker)

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(Quail)

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(Summer Tanager?)

 

 

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