Five Shots: ATV Escapade into Sycamore Canyon

How nice when you meet a local who is also dating your daughter who was willing to share his ATV and his favorite places in our backyard, Sycamore Canyon (21 miles by 7 miles). Thank you, Jared, for being a gracious host. It was the same scenery we were used to but we traveled to different corners and mounds and it felt like a new experience. We wouldn’t have reached many of these locations without the resilient ATV.Β 

1. On a cloudy warm morning,Β on the opposite side of the valley, we looked toward the red rocks at the entrance of Sycamore Canyon.
2. On a dirt road getting closer to the unique rock formations.

3. We paused for water. Riding an ATV was loud and bumpy, but the flat spots traveling fast with the wind blowing around you were exhilarating. Being able to ascend and descend 40-degree angles over boulders and misshapen rocks to reach a vista-view was fun.







4. Getting closer to a popular hiking point of entry into Sycamore Canyon with cliffs and watering holes.

5. On top of the gorge looking down to the Verde River. Notice the train tracks to the right.

6. William A. Clark, copper baron, lay his train tracks to ship out his copper. Now a scenic train ride is a popular tourist destination.
7. Up high admiring the green on the Sycamore trees down by the Verde River.
8. Around an impregnable bump in the train’s path.
9. Down at the river, Milly approves of the new campsite at the river’s edge.
10. A good campsite next to the cool river with a swimming hole saved for warmer weather. Perfect!

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  1. I found Arizona a fascinating place to travel through though I remember doing it without an air conditioner in the middle of summer and it was so hot we bought cartons of ice and held them up to our noses to breathe cool air as we passed through. lol. I had a sister in law living there at that time but have lost touch since. My nephew still lives there and obviously loves it.


    1. Thank you for sharing, Ian. It gets pretty darned hot in the summer but more so around Phoenix and Tempe. Up where I live it is cooler and when the sun goes down over the mountain, it becomes instantly comfortable. Flagstaff at the northern end is cooool and we head there to escape the heat.

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      1. Yes I remember being surprised to find there was such a cooler wooded area up around Flagstaff. We were so relieved to be out of the heat before New Mexico and Texas where it returned to blazing heat. Then we entered the steamy southern states and wished for the dry heat of Arizona. lol


  2. Great to see the red rocks, and a cactus of course. I was thinking that ATV must be the name of a US car brand, and it took ages for it to dawn on me that it meant ‘All Terrain Vehicle’. πŸ™‚
    Always good to see your travels in Arizona, as we have nothing like that here.
    Best wishes, Pete. x

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    1. Oops a cultural assumption England’s had them, too. I was thinking about the East Coast of the States. If you went there, you would feel right at home. It is strange still for me to be out here in the Southwest where all this wilderness is the norm. I can’t explain it, but we are so uncrowded out here and I love that.

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    1. Hi Don, trust me, I was holding my gut the whole time. I was thankful for the periodic stops to take a picture. The gorge pictures with the cacti in the forefront are my favorites, too. Thanks!


  3. Beautiful. I could walk around in that country all day and be happy. In Alberta here, I’d go up into the Badlands by myself and explore all day. The solitude and the peace …


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