Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument: Victoria Mine & Alamo Canyon Hikes

During our week at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, we hiked the majority of the Monument’s designated trails. The Victoria Mine Trail and Alamo Canyon Trail were two of our first hikes. Together they gave us a great introduction to the Sonoran Desert ecosystem and human history of the park. Victoria Mine Trail The Victoria …

Visiting Two of Arizona’s Lesser Known National Park Units

We wrapped up our December 2021 stay in SE Arizona by visiting two of Arizona’s lesser known National Park Units, Tumac├ícori National Historic Park and Casa Grande Ruins National Monument. Both park units protect historically significant sites near Tucson. Tumac├ícori protects the ruins of three missions founded during the Spanish colonial era, including the oldest …

Hike Through History at Fort Bowie National Historic Site

During our stay at Kartchner Caverns State Park, we took a day to visit Fort Bowie National Historic Site near Willcox, Arizona. This National Park Unit preserves the ruins of Fort Bowie and Apache Pass, a location critical to western expansion in the mid-late 1800s and the most contested area during the Apache Wars. Today, …