Phoenix – Day 2

6 03 2012

So day two in Phoenix was a trip planned before we’d left BC. A trip to the Tonto National monument in the Tonto National Forest. Forest?! In a desert? Yup… though admittedly we didn’t see too many trees. A forest of cacti for sure. More than you could shake a stick at. The whole place was way more green and varied than I expected, though I guess there had been recent rains and this was the soak it up and flower season before everything hunkered down for the big sweat as summer approached.

We had three different highlights of the day. We specifically wanted to see the cave dwelling site. The “lower cave dwelling” is about a 10-15 minute walk from the car park. it’s only $3 to get into the park, and that’s good for a whole week. There are some more extensive “higher cave dwellings”, but you have to book ahead and space is very limited. Ironically the day before, there’d been a guided photography tour! The second highlight was the Roosevelt dam on the Roosevelt Lake reservoir. It was an awful lot smaller than I expected, given the size of the lake it was holding back.

Satellite image of Tonto National Monument and...

Finally, the road back was highlight number three. The Apache Trail. This is basically a packed earth road for 20-odd of its 40-odd miles. But we were in a hire car. Meh.

As promised previously, here’s a few snapshots of some of the sights along the way…

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8 responses

7 03 2012
misfits' miscellany

I think I recognize that cardinal from The Borgias.

7 03 2012
Quieter Elephant

Haha.
Quite the outfit, eh?

7 03 2012
lanceleuven

‘Not bad considering it’s not in Yorkshire’. Spoken like a true Yorkshireman! 🙂

I too particularly like the ones showing the rock strata. Epic.

7 03 2012
Quieter Elephant

It was indeed a magical couple of hours driving back on the Apache Highway. Not too dusty either. I THINK it had rained in the last little while, but it might well be a different proposition in high summer. Even our little Mazda 2 hire car had AirCon, so I suspect it gets pretty hot.

7 03 2012
Betsy Wills

wonderful

7 03 2012
Quieter Elephant

It was most definitely more varied and colourful than I’d expected.

7 03 2012
barbaraelka

what a great trip and photos

7 03 2012
Quieter Elephant

Thanks – we enjoyed it. Watch out for the last two days’ photos too.

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