A 75 degree Sunday in early February was perfect for going for a hike in Tucson’s best natural area, Sabino Canyon.
Southern Arizona is one of those places where you can have a saguaro cactus and snow topped mountains in the same shot.
While at first glance they may all look like, many seem to take on personalities with the variation in the arms.
The hike on this day took us through Rattlesnake Canyon. Good news – it was a canyon. Better news – no rattlesnakes were seen on this day.
Eventually we made our way into a wash that had water running through it from the snow melt thousands of feet above us up in the Catalina Mountains.
While the Saguaro National Park is located just a few miles away from here, Sabino Canyon has a much denser cacti collection due mainly to the fact that back in the 1930s they allowed cows to graze in the National Park area, and many of the saguaros were destroyed.
Most cholla’s are brownish/green but sometimes you find purple ones.
The canyon got deeper as we made our way towards the end.
Sabino Canyon is one of Tucson’s most popular spot, and it is well deserved.