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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Lost Dutchman State Park and the Blooming Desert

Rick Morgan

One of our key objectives this year was to be in the Sonoran Desert when it was blooming – we wanted to see both the wildflowers and the cactus in bloom. We have succeeded!






On hikes in the park, a trip to Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park, and our Apache Trail drive we got to see a desert that didn’t look like a typical dry desert at all.




One of our fist hikes was a ranger lead Sunset hike. While the clouds and Phoenix pollution didn’t cooperate to produce a magnificent sunset we did see wildflowers, learn a great deal about the park, heard the legend of the “Lost Dutchman Mine” and get a brief history of the Superstition Mountains.



I also joined a ranger lead hike to the Praying Hands formation. I was supposed to be a group hike but due to the time being incorrectly posted on the website I ended up as the only person on the hike. So, I ended up having a private trail guide for the hike up the mountain – again more wildflowers. 


Oh, once we reached the praying hands we decided to do some rock climbing…. April Fools!






Without question, the best display of the blooming desert was at Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park . It was a perfect day for hike around the main loop. I will let the pictures tell the story.


The humming bird on her nest was a bonus.





In a future post I will cover our trip on the Apache Trail. Yet, here are some views of the magnificent, blooming desert we experienced on the drive.


The end of another perfect day...