This weekend I was lucky enough to spend some time visiting friends in Phoenix. One of my friends is an avid hiker and volunteer for the McDowell Sonoran Preserve, and took us on a hike from the Granite Mountain Trailhead.
After stopping at Starbucks for breakfast, we slathered on sunscreen, donned hats and Camelbak hydration packs, and headed out. It was a gorgeous day–but my friend says they all are!
According to this website, only 1 in 150,000 saguaros develop like this.
You can see lots of Saguaro in these pictures, but they only grow
in the Sonoran Desert of Arizona and Mexico.
I also was fascinated by the green trunks of the Palo verde tree, which is the official state tree for Arizona.
Overall, we spent about three hours hiking in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve, and covered about 8 miles. As we crossed paths with mountain bikers, I knew my husband would love to take his mountain bike on a trail like this. Maybe for our next vacation ….
Have you ever seen a crested Saguaro cactus?
Have you ever tried mountain biking?