A Day In Santa Cruz County

Harshaw Township Sign

Santa Cruz County is still sparsely populated and remains an excellent destination for bird and wildlife photographers, hikers, ghost town hunters, kayakers, and other outdoor enthusiasts.

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Hiking the Tucson Mountains

Tucson Mountain Park

New Year’s 2016, it being a holiday weekend, Ms. Rosemary and I, Ms. Karen, decided to stay away from the more popular hiking trails and try the Yetman Trail from the west entrance, located at the Southwest end of the Tucson Mountains. Years ago, our first encounter with the Yetman … Continue reading

Bowen Ranch Ruins

Bowen House

The remains or ruins of the Bowen Ranch House sit quietly in the southern end Tucson Mountain Park. It is an interesting departure from a nature hike in these parts. The Bowen Ranch was home in the 1930’s to Sherry Bowen, editor of the Arizona Daily Star. The Ranch became … Continue reading

AllTrails.com: A Useful Resource


We recommend that hikers subscribe to National Geographic’s AllTrails.com. There is a Free version and a PRO version for $29.95 in 2016. The advantage of the PRO version is that you can print off maps and download them to your phone, for use online or offline use. The maps feature … Continue reading

Hike to Picture Rocks Petroglyphs

Petroglyphs at Picture Rocks

This past weekend Ms. Rosemary and I (Ms. Karen) went for a hike in search of the Picture Rocks petroglyphs not far off Picture Rocks Road in the Tucson Mountains. Jim and I had heard about them for 12 years, but we never could pinpoint exactly where they were. Perhaps … Continue reading

Hiking Arizona: Boots & Burgers; A Review


For all you carnivorous hikers out there in Arizona, this book is for you. Roger Naylor, an avid hiker and unrepentant lover of all things Arizona, has written a light, witty book about some of the best, most prominent and popular hikes in Arizona. And none of them is out … Continue reading

Hiking Sweetwater Preserve

Wendy Rich Dogs On Trail

Sweetwater Preserve is mountain bike, horse, hiker and dog friendly. On the weekends all of the above come out to play. It is one of Pima County’s newest aquisitions, a 700+ acre preserve located on the East side of the Tucson Mountains. Be prepared to share. It is a popular for mountain … Continue reading

Hiking Tumamoc Hill in West Tucson; a Review

Tumamoc Hill

Hiking Tumamoc Hill, located on the far west side of Tucson, is extremely popular. Reasons for this are proximity to Tucson neighborhoods and a short but promised workout. We had heard about this for years and finally decided to see what all the fuss was all about. Don’t let the … Continue reading

Patagonia: Gateway to the Arizona Trail

Patagonia AZ Train Depot

Patagonia is an important gateway community to the Arizona Trail. The trail goes right through the town! In this video at 1m 45s you will meet Sirena Default, Gateway Community liason and Carolyn Shafer, Patagonia community activist who talks about the importance of Gateway communities to the Arizona Trail project. … Continue reading