Saturday, April 11, 2015

South Mountain Park

Thanks to a good friend, Lloyd and I have discovered a new fun place to visit in the Valley of the Sun here in Arizona.  I'm amazed we didn't know about it sooner.  The Phoenix area is surrounded by old mountains...totally different from the ones we're most familiar with in Alberta, but beautiful regardless.  South Mountain Park provides a view of the entire valley, after a twisty turny road to the top.  It is so amazing that we went back twice in the past month...once with our daughter and grandsons, and again yesterday with my friend, Mickey.

The Ranger Station

Lloyd, Micah, Jenny and Nathan on the foot trail

The road up the mountain is twisty, turny, steep and narrow making driving a bit of a challenge, but we finally made it to the summit.  There's a nice little park up there and a wonderfully cool stone structure called Dobbins Lookout.  Apparently it is a favorite point for taking pictures.

Phoenix, in the distance, down the mountain and far away, as seen from
an opening in Dobbins Lookout.

Mickey, with Phoenix over her right shoulder.

Looks like I'm standing on top of the world.

Micah making his way down to the shelter at Dobbins Lookout.  The
valley was spread out as far as you could see from up there.

Jenny, Me, Micah and Nate in the lookout.

At the foot of the mountain there's an old deserted trading post called Scorpion Gulch...a very interesting spot to explore.

Jenny, Micah and Nate at Scorpion Gulch.  Micah was disappointed
he didn't see any scorpions on his first trip to Arizona

An ancient cactus towers over the buildings, and the boys.

A better view of the trading post and adjacent building.

It looks like it might have served as an inn at one time.


We watched as a trail ride set out from the neighbouring ranch.  I
heard a mother saying as they set out, "Dianne you have to relax."
I don't blame the poor girl for being a bit tense.  Hope they had fun.
If you ever come to Arizona, this is a must-see.  Picture don't do it justice.


Mickey said...

You're right! Pictures don't do it justice. Such a photogenic spot. A great place!

Mickey said...

You're right! Pictures don't do it justice. Such a photogenic spot. A great place!


What a delightful place. The views are spectacular. I love the Ranger Station and the Trading Post too. Definitely looks like a fun afternoon excursion.

RoeH said...

That's a fun place. Check out Mystery Castle while you are in that area.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

One would feel as if they were on top of the world with a few like that. Glad you had a new place to share with your visitors. I enjoyed all the sights and knowing I'll never get there to see it personally, I appreciate seeing your part of the world.

Ellie said...

Hi Pat, hope you are well!

What a great place to visit, so different to anything we have here and such stunning views.

I love to see places from around the world in blogs.