The Coronado Expedition: 1540-42

Coronado Expedition. Painting by Frederick Remington in 1898.

The story of the Coronado Expeditions is one of bravery, perseverance, high adventure, faith, and incredible greed. Between hiking trails and scenic back roads, we can retrace their historic route.

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A Winter Walk in the Huachucas

Snow in the Huachucas

This video, taken a couple of years ago, is for those of us who live in milder winter climates. Snow in the Huachucas brings out the chill and cheer of the season. Mike Foster spends weekends as a docent at the Carr House in support of the Friends of the … Continue reading

Catrinas and the Day of the Dead

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The Catrina became part of Day of the Dead around the time of the Mexican Revolution. Today you always see her in the celebrations. Day of the Dead evolved from ancient Aztec celebrations and was modified when the Catholics missionaries arrived in the New World. The Catrina is a recent … Continue reading

Pointleaf Manzanita of the Sky Islands

Manzanita

The Pointleaf Manzanita is very distinctive due to its red bark. Translated it means “Little Apple”. What the video and you will see why. Manzanita can be found near Windy Point on Mt.Lemmon and in the chaparral of the Huachucas. In this video produced by Mike Foster, Vincent Pinto, biologist, … Continue reading

A Summer Picnic At Carr Canyon

Reef Townsite Campground high above Carr Canyon.

(July 2015) As we often do in the heat of summer, last Sunday we headed for higher elevation. Carr Canyon is just south of Ramsey Canyon and a lot less crowded than Mt. Lemmon. For a second year in a row, we picnicked at Reef Townsite Campground near the top … Continue reading

Fairbank AZ: Ghost Town

Fairbank, AZ Restored Schoolhouse.

Fairbank is a Southern Arizona ghost town, and one of the best preserved, thanks to numerous conservation efforts. It’s located in the San Pedro Riparian Conservation Area about 10 miles west of Tombstone. Here conservation efforts have saved the San Pedro River, a haven for dozens of species of critters and birds.

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Dia de los Muertos Explained

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All of us in the area we call Southern Arizona celebrate, or are at least passingly familiar with the Mexican Holiday known as Dia de los Muertos, or The Day of the Dead. Ever wonder about this special event that has become ubiquitious in Mexico and Southern Arizona. There are … Continue reading

Summer on the San Pedro River

Summer on the San Pedro

This is a charming video portraying a high school graduate’s summer spent exploring the San Pedro Riparian and Conservation Area. If you don’t know what the SPRNCA has to offer watch this video. Mike Foster, San Pedro River Videos, is an ardent supporter of the Friends of the San Pedro … Continue reading