This was our first stay in Kingman and we found some great trails to hike during our two full days in the area. First stop: the Cerbat Foothills Recreation Area. Located on the south west edge of Kingman, this recreation area has about 20 miles of trails. The visitor center staff highly recommended the Monolith Gardens Loop and we loved it! We hiked about 6.5 miles through a blooming landscape studded with lush desert vegetation and fantastic rock formations.
|Mid April turned out to be peak wildflower season in Kingman!|
|We came over a small rise and saw a vast valley dotted with giant rock outcroppings.|
|Our trail wound past pillared cliff faces.|
|I-40 passes over this dramatic canyon about a mile downstream.|
|We entered a lush wash.|
|Hans was trying to blend into the landscape on this hike!|
|This gila monster was the highlight of an already amazing hike!|
We stalked him/her for quite a while.
|We got a little too close here and it turned and hissed at us.|
|An abundance of cactus was just starting to bloom, both hedgehog and prickly pear.|
The cholla were a long ways from blooming.
|The hills were dotted with pink blooms....with thousands more to come in the next couple of weeks.|
|We climbed to this saddle and were treated to expansive views on the other side.|
|Close up, some of the rock outcroppings were sandstone with large holes created by wind and water over time.|
|It was wonderful to hike in a healthy Ponderosa forest. Recent winds had downed some of the old, dead trees.|
|The Potato Patch Loop trail took us around Aspen Peak |
and as we climbed the mountainside was composed of giant slabs of rock in places.
Hualapai Peak looms above Hans, it is the tallest peak in the range at 8,417 ft.
|Just a few small patches of icy snow left on the north facing slopes.|
|Hazy views down into Kingman from Aspen Peak.|
|Hazy views to the east as well, plus the last remnants of snow.|
|A pair of horned lizards that seemed to be an adult with a youngster.|
|Another kind of horned lizard.|
|Peregrine falcons were nesting in the big rock formation.|
Kingman turned out to be an interesting stop for hiking. We stayed at Zuni Village RV Park, a no frills bargain at $19/night Passport America rate. It had an excellent laundry room. There are several museums in town that we did not visit and more trails to hike so we'd likely stop here again if we are passing through.
Today we moved on to Boulder City, NV for a week...had to get settled in at our new location before high winds hit the area this afternoon...we're rocking and rolling a little here!