|A stunning Yuma sunrise.|
Next stop, six glorious nights at one of our all time favorite parks: McDowell Mountain Regional Park. We LOVE the huge campsites, big views and terrific site separation at this park. And best of all is the miles and miles of trails through wide open Sonoran desert..
Mountain biking is sublime here. Long, gentle ascents on mostly smooth decomposed granite trails lead to swoopy, flowing, exhilarating glides downhill.
|Another gorgeous Arizona sunrise.|
|Long gently ascending trails bring us to the rocky eastern face of McDowell Mountain.|
We hiked the North Trail for the first time, an easy three mile loop in the northern section of McDowell Mountain Park, one of the few areas of the park that was not devastated by the enormous 1995 Rio fire when 14,000 of the parks 22,000 acres was burned.
|Shall we dance?|
|There are far more saguaros in the north part of the park, spared from the 1995 fire.|
We hiked the Scenic Trail one day and enjoyed the fantastic long distance views from the top of the ridge.
|Notice the lack of saguaros on the hills beyond Hans, the small pocket directly behind him was spared from the fire.|
|One of two crested saguaros I've found at this park.|
|Another day we walked the Bluff Trail and had a surprise visit from a coyote...can you see it?|
|This lovely creature popped up over the edge of the bluff about 30 feet from us.|
|Rain on the way!|
It's been a very dry winter and the 12 hours of light rain overnight was welcome.
|Big vistas everywhere you look at McDowell Mountain Park.|
Six days at McDowell Mountain Regional Park went by way too fast and we never even left the park! Onward to red rock country and a visit from a good friend...
|Happy Rosie in her element!|