Monday, February 19, 2007

Sabino Canyon Recreation Area

Sabino Canyon lies north of Tucson in the foothills of the Catalina Mountains. The park is part of the Coronado National Forest and is a wonderful refuge for hiking, biking and picknicking. The road is closed to traffic but tram tours run every half hour, making several stops at which visitors can get off and pick up a later tram. The road was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s and included nine bridges criss-crossing Sabino Creek. Sadly, severe flash floods in 2006 washed away several bridges so the tram can only go halfway up the canyon.

Sabino Creek runs as a trickle through the canyon during the winter. Can you imagine the raging torrent that it becomes during monsoon season?

These boulders shook loose from the canyon walls during an earthquake in northern Mexico in 1887.

The tram made its final stop at this mid-point.

Ed and I enjoyed this panoramic view of Sabino Canyon facing east. After living on flat desert land for two months, it was a refreshing change to be in the mountains. We look forward to climbing Mt. Lemmon and visiting the ski resort. No, we won't hike and we won't ski - but we'll drive up and visit snow!

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