AZ – Montezuma and Tonto National Monuments plus a Wildflower Corridor

The weather forecast was for rain, rain and more rain. So after my hike at Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial State Park the previous day, I planned on a driving day.

With a break in the storm, it was time to stretch my legs. Once upon a time I lived in Arizona for about five years and visited this National Monument. I had little recollection.

It’s a short stroll for this view. To see the other parts of the park, Montezuma Well and Tuzigoot, involve long drives for which I wasn’t interested this day.

After a night of rain and another day driving through the rain I stopped at Tonto National Monument.

While the trail is short, it’s steep and made for a good workout. I ended up hiking it three times after spending too many hours driving through the rain the past couple days.

The flowers were beginning to color the hillsides.

Loved how this Blue Dick was holding onto this giant droplet.

This penstemon also was dripping from the recent rains.

Desert Marigold

Nature’s garden. What a nice blend of poppies, lupine and owl clover.

I spent a while watching the wren on the lower cactus gather grasses and fly up to continue building the nest.

Guess what, it was another day of driving through the rain. I found myself stopping frequently as I drove along 70 between Globe and Safford to enjoy blooms between showers. Hello penstemon!

Rainy day poppies and lupine.

Haven’t identified this one yet.

Blue Dicks taking center stage.

Owl Clover is one of my favorites.

I finally found some of the elusive pink poppies but with the rain and cool temperatures, they were closed up tight.

This tiny rainbow gave me hopes of better tomorrows, something we all need a lot of right now during this COVID-19 pandemic.

Adventure Date(s):

  • March 10-12, 2020

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