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The Arizona Trail by mmarsh2004 on 26 June 2007 2:35pm
I've been looking at hiking the Arizona Trail (
www.aztrail.org) for many years now. Lived in Az a few years ago and fell in love with the Sonoran Desert. Personally think it would make for great TV i.e. best hikes in world. Anyone have any ideas?
Re: The Arizona Trail by tucsonmike on 27 June 2007 7:30am
It would be great TV. Where in AZ did you live? The trail has been fixed up in places. I am still in love with the Sonoran Desert.
Re: The Arizona Trail by mmarsh2004 on 27 June 2007 2:45pm
Hi tusconmike, I used to live in Scottsdale, but now (unfortunately) I'm back working in the UK. People think of Arizona and usually the Grand Canyon comes to mind. But for me the real gem in Arizona is the Sonoran desert. I often use to get out to the Superstition Mts and White Tank Mts which are just superb for hiking around when the weather is cool (avoiding Dbacks whenever possible). I went down to Guaymas on the Gulf of California, Mexico, where the desert cactus meet the sea. Very spectacular. I've been inspired to return for a long break from work and try out (parts of) the Arizona Trail. Chris Townsend wrote a book about his hike along it


which was pretty accurate but didn't really capture the beauty of the desert for me. I cannot understand why the Sonoran isn't designated a national park in its entirety. It should be declared a world heritage site. Why it doesn't attract more attention from the media is staggering when compared to something like Stonehenge. For me the desert eco system is as varied and spectacular as any rain forest. I will return.
Re: The Arizona Trail by Worldwide Update on 28 June 2007 12:27am
Too bad that thoughtless development is threatening (if not downright destroying) the Sonoran Desert in so many places. North Scottsdale, for instance, has changed so much in just the past ten years.
Re: The Arizona Trail by sighthound on 28 June 2007 6:11am
And there are so many golf courses, swimming pools and housing developments built around "lakes" that the place has become too humid for the Arizona State Symbol, the saguaro, which collapse from too much moisture. Sad.
Re: The Arizona Trail by tucsonmike on 28 June 2007 7:28am
Thank you for the note, Mmarsh. It should be a World Heritage Site. I wonder what is needed to do that. Oh yes, Maricopa County is so built up it is insane. I go up there only when I must.
One of the things we talk about in the Tucson Regional Town Hall is how to better take care of the Sonoran Desert and you are correct in stating we need cooperation with Mexico for that to happen.
I was looking at the link. Let me know when you decide to return. It is an irony, the state nickname is the Grand Canyon State.
Heck, there are Ecotours in Costa Rica. We could have them here going from Tucson to Guaymas.


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