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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Exploring Arizona – Chiricahua National Monument

Shame on me, I never heard about this park before. So when we saw it on a map we definitely wanted to see it!

It is a hidden gem that you would not expect. As you approach the mountains it looks like any range of Arizona Mountains.

The drive from the entrance to the top of the mountain is only a few miles, but you know it is something special before you even enter the park. As you enter the Valley where the entrance is, you change from desert to a lush valley full of big oak tree. Then as you enter the park gates it changes from hardwoods to pine forest.

After you signed in at the rustic park headquarters you take a little windy road up the mountains and all of a sudden you start seeing these limestone pinnacles pocking up through the trees. The higher you get the more and more of these you see.

Once at the top there is a trail and overlooks into the park. What a beautiful and stunning site!

Hiking the trails we found many different view points and things of interest.

You have got to see that place!

8 comments:

Katrinshine said...

This park is very beautiful!!!

FleetingStillness said...

very nice! Arizona is definitely on my list of places to visit with kids in a couple of years.

blueberrycream said...

Beautiful photos!
I want to go there too!

IrinaN said...

Tanya! I'm jealous! I so like to travel, and I really want to spend a couple weeks trevelling in Arizona :)

Olga said...

Absolutely stunning!

Dyche Designs said...

Wow, it looks amazing.

SFbeads said...

It looks so beautiful!!!

LiriGal said...

Tanya, It'so so beautiful!
Fantastic place!