the desert southwest today

the desert southwest today

There are four deserts in North America. Arizona is the only state in the United States where parts of all four can be found. They are the Great BasinMojaveChihuahuan, and the Sonoran deserts. The Sonoran desert is the largest.

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these images were all taken during our recent 2 month winter trip as snowbirds

 

 

Joshua Tree desert beauty

Joshua Tree desert beauty

Joshua Tree National Park is a vast protected area in southern California. It’s characterized by rugged rock formations and stark desert landscapes. Named for the region’s twisted, bristled Joshua trees, the park straddles the cactus-dotted Colorado Desert and the Mojave Desert, which is higher and cooler. Keys View looks out over the Coachella Valley. Hiking trails weave through the boulders of Hidden Valley.

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San Gorgonio mountain view

San Gorgonio mountain view

From Joshua Tree National Park you can see a beautiful view of the snow capped San Gorgonio Mountain, also known locally as Mount San Gorgonio, or Old Greyback, is the highest peak in Southern California and the Transverse Ranges at 11,503 feet.

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Superstition mountain view

Superstition mountain view

A 3,648-acre park offering camping, archery & 29 miles of multi-use trails plus scenic wind caves.

Source: https://www.maricopacountyparks.net/park-locator/usery-mountain-regional-park/

 

Hieroglyphic Trail – Superstition mountains

Hieroglyphic Trail – Superstition mountains

Most hikes into the Superstition Mountains east of Phoenix begin from the north side, accessed via the Apache Trail, and tend to be rather long and relatively little-used, but one of the shortest, easiest reached and therefore most popular routes starts in the south, at the edge of the expanding community of Gold Canyon along US 60. The 1.5 mile Hieroglyphic Trail climbs a gentle slope covered with many cacti then enters the lower end of a boulder-filled canyon, ending at a rocky section where pools persist for much of the year, a location important for the ancient Hohokam Indians, who inhabited this desert region up to 1,500 years ago. Evidence of their settlement includes hundreds of petroglyphs etched into the dark, weathered surface of the basalt cliffs above the pools, some with very intricate designs. This scenic location is high enough for a long-distance panorama southwest over Gold Canyon and the Gila River plain, and also provides close-up views of the jagged upper slopes of the Superstition Mountains to the north, rising over 2,000 feet higher.

Source: http://www.americansouthwest.net/arizona/superstition-mountains/hieroglyphic-trail.html