Tumacacori National Historic Park Arizona – April 2022 – Oldest Mission in Southern Arizona

The Spanish Colonial Jesuits missionaries established numerous missions throughout the area that is now Arizona in the late 1600s. The Mission San Jose de Tumacacori was established in 1691, with the existing church’s construction being started in the 1750s.

The grounds are now owned by the National Park Service.

Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Arizona – April 2022 – Sonoran Desert Specialty

The Organ Pipe Cactus is very different from the more prevalent Saguaro in that rather than 1 large trunk with arms growing off of it, the Organ Pipe cactus has numerous small ones, making it somewhat bushy, resembling the pipes of an Organ (hence the name)

It is very rare in the United States, with the national monument just north of the Mexican border being the predominant one.

In addition to the Organ Pipe Cactus and the Saguaro, the park has many other examples of desert flora.

Wupatki National Monument, Arizona – April 2022 – The Tall House

Wupatki translates to Tall House in Hopi, an appropriate name for this large Sinagua pueblo structure that had over 100 rooms.

It is constructed of Moenkopi sandstone, giving it the red color it is famous for. It dates from the 11th century.

In addition to the house there is a ballcourt and other nearby structures.

Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument – April 2022 – A Look Before The Wildfire

On a recent long weekend road trip around Arizona we stopped by Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument. We were fortuitous in that a week later the ‘Tunnel Wildfire’ impacted the area. Fortunately it did not damage the visitor center but much of the forest was burnt.

Sunset Crater is a result of an eruption approximately 1000 years ago, leaving this impressive landscape.

Virtual Travel – Utah

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Welcome to Utah – the land of immense beauty and strange liquor laws.

We spent a week touring the National Parks in 2015 – they are all amazing, as well as the other scenery in the state.

 

History

1945     2002     2013

 

 

Salt Lake City – The capital and largest city in Utah, Salt Lake City is the center of the commercial aspect of the state.

The State Capitol is your typical building. It was completed in 1916, 20 years after Utah became a state. (photos from Wikupedia)

Utah State Capitol

 

State Symbols

The State Bird is a California Gull! They are credited with saving the crops in 1848 by eating the crickets that were eating the crops. (photos from statesymbols.org)

 

State Cooking Pot – Dutch Oven

 

 

 

 

 

Golden Spike – The point where the Transcontinental Railroad was completed in 1869.

 

 

Hovenweep – A well maintained early Puebloan village in far southeastern Utah.

 

 

National Parks

1953 – Arches     1958 – Bryce     1963 Zion – Virgin River     1967 – Canyonlands – Angel Arch     1972 – Zion     1974 – Canyonlands Angel Arch     1979 – Bryce – Aqua Canyon     1995 – Bryce     2011 – Canyonlands

 

 

Zion National Park

 

 

Bryce National Park

 

 

Capital Reef National Park

 

 

Arches National Park

 

 

Canyonlands National Park

 

 

Natural Bridges National Monument (one step down from a National Park)

 

 

 

More Outdoors

1964 – Big Cottonwood Canyon     1965 – Lake Powell Rainbow Bridge     1970 Calf Creek Lower Falls     1971 – Monument Valley     1977 Manti-La Sal Forest     1986 – Eagle Canyon     2000 – Unidentified     2007 – Dirt Devil River Slot Canyon

 

Southwest Utah

 

 

Escalante & Devil’s Garden

 

Eastern Utah

 

 

Mexican Hat in Far Southeastern Utah. The great dirt road is Moki Dugway, dropping 1100′ in 3 miles of a dirt road. It was fantastic!