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Bulldog Canyon
City:
Phoenix
State:
Arizona
Country:
United States
Events-Published:
0
Events-Archived:
10

Description:

This is such a popular area for four-wheeling that the Tonto National Forest instituted a permit system several years ago. Locked gates bar entry, and the combination you receive with your permit works for six months before the lock is changed.

This is hilly area with enormous boulders that tower as high as the buildings downtown. With the yellow-green lichen growing on them, they look like something from another world. Every time you crest a ridge you're treated to a new vista, and you get some of the best views of the Superstitions, Weaver's Needle and Four Peaks that you've ever seen.

Enormous coveys of quail make their homes here, as do javelina, deer, and hundreds of birds and smaller mammals. In spite of the lengthy drought, springs continue to provide water year-round. Ruins of old mining shacks dot the landscape here, and scattered along the hillsides are piles of stones put there by Spaniards to mark their mining claims.

A permit is required for this trail. It’s easy to obtain and free. Carry it with you at all times. This is a highly sensitive area and subject to closure. The trail passes through scenic Sonoran Desert with views of Goldfield and Superstition Mountains. Several short, steep rocky climbs that require careful tire placement and some driving skill. Suitable for aggressive stock SUVs with high ground clearance. Go with a friend and carry a tow strap.

City:
Fountain Hills
State:
Arizona
Country:
United States
Events-Published:
0
Events-Archived:
1

Description:

This trail runs from the turn off to Bartlett Lake into Fountain Hills and should last about 2 hours.

Canyon de Chelly
Website:
http://www.nps.gov/cach/index.htm
Street:
PO Box 588
ZIP:
86503
City:
Chinle
State:
Arizona
Country:
United States
Events-Published:
0
Events-Archived:
2

Description:

Canyon de Chelly was established on April 1, 1931 as a unit of the National Park Service. It is located in northeastern Arizona within the boundaries of the Navajo Nation. It preserves ruins of the early indigenous tribes that lived in the area, including the Ancient Pueblo Peoples (also called Anasazi) and Navajo. The monument covers 83,840 acres (131.0 sq mi; 339.3 km2) and encompasses the floors and rims of the three major canyons: de Chelly, del Muerto, and Monument. These canyons were cut by streams with headwaters in the Chuska mountains just to the east of the monument.

Canyon de Chelly is unique among National Park service units, as it consists entirely of Navajo Tribal Trust Land which remains in the ownership of the Navajo Nation and is home to the canyon community, while park matters are administered by the National Park Service. Access to the canyon floor is restricted, and visitors are allowed to travel in the canyons only when accompanied by a park ranger or an authorized Navajo guide. The only exception to this rule is the White House Ruin Trail.

Most park visitors arrive by automobile and view Canyon de Chelly from the rim, following both North Rim Drive and South Rim Drive. Ancient ruins and geologic structures are visible, but in the distance, from turnoffs on each of these routes. Tours of the canyon floor can be booked at the visitor center and at lodgings in the vicinity of the canyon. There is no fee to enter the canyon, apart from any charges imposed by tour guides.

Accommodations for visitors are located in the vicinity of the canyon, on the road leading to Chinle, which is the nearest town.

The National Monument was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on August 25, 1970.

The park's distinctive geologic feature, Spider Rock, is a sandstone spire that rises 800 feet (240 m) from the canyon floor at the junction of Canyon de Chelly and Monument Canyon. Spider Rock can be seen from South Rim Drive. It has served as the scene of a number of television commercials. According to traditional Navajo beliefs the taller of the two spires is the home of Spider Grandmother.

Street:
975 E Ocatillo Rd
ZIP:
85249
City:
Chandler
State:
Arizona
Country:
United States
Events-Published:
0
Events-Archived:
3

Description:

Location depicted are the major cross streets near Carlos' home.

Casner Mountain
ZIP:
86351
City:
Sedona
State:
AZ
Country:
United States
Events-Published:
0
Events-Archived:
2

Description:

The oldest known history of Casner Mountain is that it was used by the Casner family in the 1880s as a route for moving cattle from the Verde Valley in the Winter months to the top of the Mogollon Rim during the Summer months (or more likely the adjacent Mooney Trail). The off-road trail was developed more recently for use by the utility companies to build and maintain high voltage power lines. Much of the Casner Mountain Trail is squeezed in between the Sycamore Canyon Wilderness and Red Rock-Secret Mountain Wilderness offering awesome views of both (and forcing you to keep your vehicle on the trail); along with the famous red rock country of the northern Verde Valley.

The Verde Valley encompasses about 714 square miles in the center of Arizona and has hundreds of miles of dirt roads and off-road trails throughout it. You'll have to drive some of them to get to or from the southern trailhead of Casner Mountain Trail. This entire area is the height of Arizona's physical beauty and you'll get an excellent view of it along the Casner Mountain Trail. While most of these off-road four-wheel drive trails are mainly within the control of Coconino National Forest, some also extend into Prescott and Yavapai National Forests; which you can also see parts of from this trail.

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