Not All Who Wander Are Lost

Not All Who Wander Are Lost
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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Sabino Canyon

Yesterday we spent the day at Sabino Canyon. It is located in the Coronado National Forest. There is a nice visitor center and a tram that takes you the 3.7 miles to the end of the road into the canyon. Private vehicles are not allowed on the road.

The cost of the tram is $8 per person. The driver does some narration along the way, but nothing special. We thought the price was a bit high for the short ride. We could have taken the tram back to the visitor center, but instead we chose to hike back.

I’m so glad we did, because this canyon has breathtaking scenery and views. On the way into the canyon we saw this Cardinal.

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We chose to hike a trail that goes along the edge of the canyon about half way between the road and the top of the canyon walls. Our total hike was about 5.5 miles. The trail was quite close to the edge, so we had to be very careful where we were walking. Every so often, we made a point of stopping and just enjoying the scenery. Here’s a view from the trail looking down at the road. If you look closely, you can see a tram on the road. (Click on the picture for a larger view.)

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There were saguaro cactus and lots of flowers growing all along the canyon. The pictures don’t do it justice.

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There is a river that flows through the canyon. As we finally got back to the bottom of the trail, there was another fantastic view. Near the water are a number of cottonwood trees with bright green leaves. A nice contrast to the desert-like slopes of the canyon.

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P1120683The moon was out above the canyon wall. Another beautiful site. We really enjoyed our day at Sabino Canyon and would recommend it as one of the must-see sites in Tucson. If you have the stamina to hike the eight plus miles round trip into the canyon, I’d recommend skipping the tram especially if you’ve visited some of the other area sites. Most of the narration was about the plant life along the canyon.

 

 

Some sad news today. Davey Jones of The Monkees has died at the age of 66. I had a crush on him and David Cassidy in my teen years. His death makes me feel old.

Don’t wish upon a star – Reach for one!

5 comments:

  1. Don't let Davey's death make YOU feel old. He didn't die of old age you know.

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  2. Beautiful pictures. I like the unexpected pocket of greenery by the river.

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  3. I just love the Cardinals..one of the few birds that are easy to spot!

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  4. Doing the hike back was the right decision, such beautiful scenery from a different vantage point. I think we could do the in-out hike and skip the tram, provided the temp was comfortable.

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  5. Sounds like you are really enjoying Tucson. We did as well during our stay there. Great exercise opportunities to be had, isn't there.

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