Coronado National Memorial

This is it. The hike when I learned to ALWAYS be over-prepared – even on the most simple out and back hike. Getting Lost Hiking Coronado National Memorial When I got quite lost hiking Coronado National Memorial on what was supposed to be an easy outing near the border between the United States and …

south kaibab trail in the Grand Canyon

If hiking the Grand Canyon is on your bucket list but you only have a short amount of time, the South Kaibab Trail to Skeleton Point is for you! One of the most iconic day hikes of the Grand Canyon, the South Kaibab Trail has plenty of convenient turnaround points. If you have half …

Sonoran Desert Museum

From petroglyphs to fossilized bats to petrified poop, this is my “Perfect Day” in Tucson and the Sonoran Desert: It involves a walk along the easy Desert Loop Trail of the Tucson Desert Museum that is dotted with fossils and caves, and an easy walk along the Signal Hill Trail of the Saguaro National …

Petroglyphs on Signal Hill Trail in Saguaro National Park

Petroglyphs are the ancient graffiti of the southwestern United States. A great place to see petroglyphs without breaking a sweat is at Saguaro National Park where pictures of spirals, animals, and squiggly lines are etched or scraped into the rocks by the prehistoric Hohokam. It’s unknown whether petroglyphs were religious symbols, directional signals, or …

Sonoran Desert Museum

The site of the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum in Tucson used to be underwater. When the water and swamps retreated, a rugged landscape was left behind. The caves filled with fossils, dinosaur bones resting in the rocks, and petrified mud still clinging to ancient hillsides make up what we call today the Sonoran Desert. Visiting …

San Jose Mission at Tumacacori National Historical Park

I’m on a mission to get as many stamps in my National Parks passport as possible, so I was pretty excited to hear that I could get two stamps for walking the Anza Trail from Tumacácori to Tubac. AND a pin! I parked at Tumacácori National Historical Park and took a free shuttle to …