Arizona offers endless views from all over the state. This is one of my favorites. In the distance you can see the Rincon mountain range east of Tucson. Because of the shape of the range it was named Rincon, which means “corner” in Spanish
A family of deer joined us on the morning hike. I was unable to capture baby deer as he bounced off but mom was close behind on the trail. They made their way down to the wash. So cool and our hikers from Toronto loved it!
Nothing like heading up to a nice cool spot to reflect on life and be greeted with such peacefulness. Sunset over the Tucson valley in our pine forest with a splash of moon just before the stars come alive!
A herd of javelina crossed our path on the morning hike today. Frequently called ‘wild boar or pigs’ javelina are actually a collard peccary. Originating in South America, they are found in Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.
One of the best kept secrets of southern Arizona are the Chiricahua mountains located southeast of Tucson on the New Mexico border. Rising from lush green farmland, the mountains rise up several thousand feet, transitioning through oak and pine forests before reaching Chiricahua Peak at 9759 ft.
Unlike in much of Arizona, year round streams meander their way through various valleys and watersheds, making this range a literal oasis for flora and fauna, with many rare species residing within.
With backpacking being popular, campgrounds abound within the mountains; two common sites being the Rustler Park campground at around 8400 ft and another being the Sunny Flats campground at 5200 ft. Both are vehicle accessible and have restrooms.
While you stay in the Chiricahuas, take advantage of the town of Portal, located on the eastern portion of the range, and the Chiricahua National Monument for excursions.