Sabino Canyon

1/18/22

Wow, what a gorgeous place this was! My Servas host Sharon took me over there for a hike. Shortly after we arrived, we listened to the beginning of a talk about the geology of the area—generally not a topic of high interest to me, but what I heard was pretty cool—and then we split off on our own to explore the desert paths.

Mostly we saw a lot of cacti, especially saguaro, barrel, and cholla. We also saw lots of mesquite and other trees.

One structural highlight: she pointed out a WPA project when they tried to build a lake with a dam in the 1930s, including a cool waterfall. People came out to swim, fish, and boat for some years, but before too long the lake filled up with silt. They re-dredged it to make it usable again, but when it once again filled up with silt, they abandoned the idea. Now the waterfall is still there, but the “lake” is only a few inches deep.

I’ll let the photos speak for themselves. What an amazing place. The light on the mountains reminded me of the Taos, NM area at times.

Tomorrow, we plan to visit the Sonora Desert Museum, way over on the other side of town, to the west.

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