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Kartchner Caverns State Park

by Judi Monday, Your Green Valley AZ Expert

Arizona's Centennial Celebration

#5 of 100 Things To See & Do In Arizona

 

Kartchner Caverns State Park

 

 

Deep within the bowels of the earth in the Whetstone Mountains is a magical place 200,000 years in the making--a pristine limestone cave.  Here you will be able tour underground rooms filled with brawny stalactites, delicate soda straw formations and jewel like rocks in multi-colors.

Discovered in November 1974 by two young cavers, Gary Tenen and Randy Tufts, when they found a narrow crack at the bottom of a sinkhole leading into the hillside. The warm moist air that flowed from the crack signaled the existence of a cave.

Curious, they crawled deeper and after several hours found the "live" limestone cave.  This underground wonder is home to a wide variety of unique minerals and formations, including:

  • One of the world's longest soda straw stalactites: 21 feet 3 inches (Throne Room)
  • The tallest and most massive column in Arizona, Kubla Khan: 58 feet tall (Throne Room)
  • The world's most extensive formation of brushite moonmilk (Big Room)
  • The first reported occurrence of “turnip” shields (Big Room)
  • The first cave occurrence of “birdsnest” needle quartz formations
  • Many other unusual formations such as shields, totems, helictites, and rimstone dams.

For an unforgettable adventure be sure to put the Kartchner Caverns State Park on your "must see" list.  During a memorable 1 1/2 hour tour, your guide will unveil the mysteries of this fascinating underground landscape.  The park's Discovery Center features museum exhibits, a large gift shop, regional displays, theater, and educational information about the caverns and the surrounding landscape. There are also campgrounds, hiking trails, lockers, shaded picnic areas, a deli, an amphitheater, and a hummingbird garden.

 

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Humphrey's Peak In Arizona

by Judi Monday, Your Green Valley AZ Expert

Arizona's Centennial Celebration

#3 of 100 Things To See & Do In Arizona

 

Humphrey's Peak is the highest natural point in Arizona, with an elevation of 12,637 feet.  For the outdoor enthusiast it offers a lung-searing, heart-pounding hike with panoramic vistas that shouldn't be missed. 

However, if you consider the 4.5 mile course to the top to be merely a means to the end, you'll definitely miss the many reasons to take on this steep and challenging mountain trail.  Along the way to the top you'll be treated to a thriving alpine forest streaked with rock slides and avalanche tracks as well as the scenic Hart Prairie stretched out at the base of the incline and a whole new perspective on the Grand Canyon that is easily visible on the horizon. 

As you near the upper reaches the trail becomes quite rocky.  Above the treeline you'll find yourself completely exposed to the whims of nature.  Here it may snow during any month of the year and a late summer monsoon storm can bring with it life threatening lightning strikes so be prepared to head for lower ground if a thunderstorm is brewing. 

But if you've ever wanted to experience standing on top of the world, here's a mountain peak in your own backyard that will give you an idea of how it might feel.  You can hike the Humphrey's Trail any time of the year, but you will need a back country permit if you are the die-hard type that wants to tackle it during the winter months. 

               JUDI MONDAY, CRS         

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Sabino Canyon

by Judi Monday, Your Green Valley AZ Expert

The Spirit of Arizona Blog Series:                                     Sabino Canyon

Sabino Canyon In Tucson's Cordonado National ForestA place to go...away from it all.    A short ride and just minutes away from some of Tucson's best accommodations is a world far removed from the everyday.  Sabino Canyon, a natural desert oasis located in Tucson's Coronado National Forest is home to spectacular desert landscape and abundant wildlife. 

You can experience the beauty of one of the most unique Southwestern desert canyons by embarking on the Sabino tram ride.  Trams arrive every 30 minutes for the narrated, educational 45 minute, 3.8 mile tour into the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains.  There are 9 stops along the tour offering picnic grounds located near Sabino Creek. 

You may get off the shuttle at any of the tram stops and catch a later shuttle.  Be sure to bring your hiking boots and take the time to explore this special desert oasis on foot to get a true appreciation of its rugged beauty.  


Steeped in breathtaking beauty, a day at Sabino Canyon offers something for everyone including a variety of trails for hiking that range from easy to challenging.   The main road, one of two routes on which Sabino Canyon Tours operates its Sabino Canyon tram tour, is mostly flat and paved so it can be easily navigated by visitors of all ages.  Asending from 2,800 to 3,300 feet, the main road crosses 9 stone bridges and is a favorite for both hikers and bicyclists. 

Between the months of April through November, except July & August, you can see Sabino Canyon from a different perspective--at night!  Witness the animals who emerge from their daytime siestas to prowl the cool desert floor and see the moon illuminate the silhouettes of the stately Saguaro cacti. 

Plan a day to escape to the spectacular beauty of Sabino Canyon and immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of nature.  You will be greeted by stunning vistas, fresh air, the tranquility of running creek water and a world of natural beauty. 

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