Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Sabino Canyon

This evening we welcome new follower, Donna, AKA "Froggi". We are happy we've joined us and appreciate your support.

When we left for Sabino Canyon this morning I wondered if we would experience something new or at some point would one canyon start to look like another? Boy, was that thought wrong! First off, when we arrived this morning at the visitor center the parking lot was nearly full, on a Wednesday morning no less! It must be because it's located on the outskirts of Tucson and easy to get to I thought. For whatever reason it's so popular, this is truly a unique and wonderful place!

We love Saguaro Cacti! You couldn't begin to count them all there are so many. Like people, they come in a huge variety of shapes and sizes.

Every Saguaro Cactus is unique. Like snowflakes, no two are alike.

The canyon has a free flowing stream that seems almost impossible in this hot, arid environment. It's exciting to see water in southern Arizona; everyday all we see are dry river beds, barren washes and parched arroyos. We've been here nearly sixty days and it has not yet rained a measurable quantity of water. Today it was a sunny 81F degrees; tomorrow will almost certainly be sunny and warm as well.

This is the largest stream we've seen here in Arizona. It's awesome to see its strong current and cold fresh water in this desert environment.

Sometimes you just get tangled up with your neighbors' lives.

Even the skeleton of these majestic giants is beautiful.

What a monster! A Saguaro has to be 70 years old before it can grow arms; then it may live to be more than 200 years old.

A fallen soldier. I can't help but feel sorrow for this Saguaro Cactus. It could have lived for two hundred years or more, but something took it down in its prime

Finally, my camera was ready to catch a snapshot of one of these elusive birds darting across the roadway. Run, Roadrunner, run!


  1. We love the Sonoran Desert as well with all it's varied plant life like the Saguaros. So far this year we have not seen a single Saguaro because we are just a wee bit too far east of the Sonoran Desert's eastern border.

  2. You are exactly right about Sabino Canyon. It is pop-u-lar with Tucson-ites. There is a wide variety of wildlife there, too, with mountain lion, bear, and the usual coyotes and smaller animals. It also gets very cold there in the winter...usually, but the rains haven't been kind to southern AZ for the past couple of seasons.


  3. I love Sabino Canyon too. They have a yearly race in the canyon. You run 3.8 miles up it and turn around to head back to the start. One of my favorite runs. I linked to this post on my blog.