Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Springtime in the Arizona Desert

We are spending a few weeks or so in the area around Phoenix, an area we haven't really spent anytime. Mariposa Count has great regional parks. Our first stop where we spent a few days is White Tank Regional Park, just west of Phoenix. It is the largest of these regional parks at 30,000 acres. Most of the park is made up of the rugged and beautiful White Tank Mountains on the Valleys west side. The range rises sharply from its base to peak at over 4,000 feet. Infrequent heavy rains cause flash floods sending waters pouring down chutes and dropping off ledges, forming series of depressions, or tanks, in the white granite rock below, thus giving the mountains their name. Spring is here and after spending time in the stark winter deserts of California and parts of Arizona, our drive to the park is filled with sights of flowers along the roads and green hills.




The sites at the Park are nice and big. No hookups at this park which is why we were able to get in during the spring and easter breaks. At least I think that is probably the reason as the park is just beautiful.


They have a nice Library and nature center at the Park which we checked out.




We didn't do much here as we were only here for one full day and we had to do some shopping but it was a nice few days enjoying the warm weather and even a pretty full moon and lights of the city below.


Our next stop, which I had made reservations for and got one of the last sites, was McDowell Mountain Regional Park, which is on the east side, which goes through Scottsdale and Fountain Hills, two upscale cities with beautiful houses dotting the hills and wonderful landscaping everywhere. We got another great spot with greenery, cactus and more flowering plants surrounding us.





View below from our passenger side windows.






We will be here six days. More to come.

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