Maps By James Orndorf
The San Pedro River flows north out of Mexico until it hits the Gila River, then heads west dumping into the Colorado River, ultimately draining into the Pacific Ocean.
Via the Bureau of Land Management:
The San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area (NCA) contains almost 57,000 acres of public land in Cochise County, Arizona, between the international border and St. David, Arizona. Congress designated the riparian area as a Riparian National Conservation Area on November 18, 1988. Some 40 miles of the upper San Pedro River meanders through the area.
The primary purpose for the special designation is to protect and enhance the desert riparian ecosystem, a rare remnant of what was once an extensive network of similar riparian systems throughout the American Southwest.
The San Pedro River runs through the Chihuahuan Desert and Sonoran Desert in southeastern Arizona. It contains one of the most important riparian areas in the United States.
More than 80 species of mammals, two native species and several introduced species of fish, more than 40 species of amphibians and reptiles, and 100 species of breeding birds call the river home. It also provides invaluable habitat for 250 species of migrant and wintering birds and contains archaeological sites showing remnants of human occupation from 13,000 years ago.
The time changes based on our elliptical location, at its closest point, sunlight only takes 490 seconds to reach Earth. At the most distant point, it takes 507 seconds.
The Huachuca Mountains (wha-chew-kah) range in Southeastern Arizona runs 38 miles from Sonora, Mexico in to Arizona. It is the southern starting point for the 800 mile Arizona Trail that leads up through the Grand Canyon to the Utah border.
Huachuca means "place of thunder", the mountains tend to make their own weather and echo thunder across the desert valley floor during the summer rain season.
“Queen of the Copper Camps”
Set in the Mule Mountains in Southeast Arizona near the border Bisbee boasts the longest highway tunnel in Arizona and what was (and may still be) the largest open pit mine in the world at 300 acres by 900 feet deep.
The Lowell area of Bisbee is slowly falling in to it.
There are also over 2,000 miles of mining tunnels under and around Bisbee.
The 2016 Monsoon has officially begun!
The North American Monsoon, otherwise known as the Mexican Monsoon or the Arizona Monsoon, is a pronounced weather pattern change over the Southwestern United States. It generally starts in early July and continues through mid-September.
This seasonal pattern change brings moisture up from the Gulfs of California and Mexico. This departure from the normal west to east flow decreases rain on the Great Plains and increases rain on the east coast. But most importantly, it brings the rains that bring the mountains and the deserts of the Southwest to life.
Named from the Ute Indian word for ‘deserted valley’ Hovenweep National Monument is a set of six Ancestral Puebloan village ruins dating from AD 900-1300 on the Great Sage Plain where Utah and Colorado meet near the Four Corners.
Wonderfully remote and quiet (no cell phone coverage, no wi-fi, one paved road) the monument averages only around 25,000 visits a year and the majority of them only to the Square Tower Group built around Little Ruin Canyon.
Some photos and a little history: http://goo.gl/P9kElI
500+ square miles of silent desert and deep canyons country where the Colorado and Green Rivers meet.
To quote Edward Abbey: ""the most weird, wonderful, magical place on earth—there is nothing else like it anywhere."".
Canyon Largo is a giant piece of BLM/public land 4 times the length of Manhattan, 50+miles long from the beginning (Blanco, NM) to the end where it meets up with the state highway.
The canyon is full of the remains of 3 cultures, the Anasazi /Pueblo people (1200 B.C. to A.D. 1300), Navajo and early Hispanic settlers. This is my favorite hiking spot. Quiet, endless, remote, surprising, harsh, beautiful and none of it paved.
As you drive down Highway 64 near Bloomfield, New Mexico and approach the Salmon Ruins you can hear an very old loop tape on your AM radio of Ricardo Montalbán explaining the mysterious history of the Ancestral Pueblo peoples (Anasází) of the Southwest.