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Fitness and Photography for Fun - A blog on staying fit by hiking and doing photography by David Mendosa

Southeast Arizona’s Carr Canyon

April 26th, 2012 · 2 Comments

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We took a chance on Friday the 13th. Sharon drove our rental car up Southeast Arizona’s Carr Canyon on a winding, steep, rocky, and narrow road to its end at 7,400 feet. We made it.

From the campground at the end of the road we hiked down. We took the delightful Comfort Spring Trail into the Coronado National Forest’s Miller Peak Wilderness and reached the spring. Across the canyon we spotted a raptor as it landed in a wonderland of rock.

Looking for a Raptor, I Noticed Some Rocks

Looking for a Raptor, I Noticed Some Rocks

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When the raptor flew, it glided right above us. I told Sharon to lie down so that it would come closer, but for some reason she refused. Nonetheless, the raptor came close enough for us to identify it as a Red-tailed Hawk. This is our most common hawk, and this shot clearly shows that it deserves the name.

A Red-tailed Hawk Glides Over Us

A Red-tailed Hawk Glides Over Us

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Then, the only problem was to hike back up to the campground and make the tortuous drive back down the mountain. Somehow, Sharon succeeded. Near the bottom, we stopped at a pull-out to enjoy this view.

Sulphur Springs Valley and the Chiricahua Mountains

Sulphur Springs Valley and the Chiricahua Mountains

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Lucky for us, this was not just another day, another dusk.

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2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 gretchen // Apr 28, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    Incredible rocks! Do you know what minerals are giving the colors?

  • 2 David Mendosa // Apr 28, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    I wish I knew!

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