day hiking

Hiking Victoria Mine Trail at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument

Victoria Mine Trail

There are several great trails at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument that take you into the wilderness of the Sonoran Desert. One aspect of hiking in the park that I enjoyed is that it is full of rich history. Several of the trails take you… Read More »Victoria Mine Trail

Standing tall among the saguaro cacti at Saguaro National Park

Saguaro National Park

The Saguaro Cactus has become a symbol of the desert and the American Southwest, but the famous plant is actually only found in a small portion of the American Southwest. And other than putting down roots in northwestern Mexico, it isn’t found anywhere else in… Read More »Saguaro National Park

Exploring Smith Creek Preserve

Smith Creek Preserve

I had multiple people recommend Smith Creek Preserve to me before I went there. But it wasn’t until I found myself at the upper portion of the Buffalo National River wanting to hike with my dog that I finally went to explore the area. Dogs… Read More »Smith Creek Preserve

Hiking the South Mount Elbert Trail – the highest peak in the Rocky Mountains at 14,433.

South Mount Elbert Trail

An easy 14er? OK, that’s an oxymoron. An “easier” 14er is probably the best description for the South Mount Elbert Trail. Also known as the Mount Elbert East Ridge Trail, it climbs the east ridge to the summit of Mount Elbert, the highest mountain in… Read More »South Mount Elbert Trail