While most of Arizona is known for the hot desert landscape there are places where in just a few miles, or feet in elevation, that changes completely. One of those areas is Ramsey Canyon near Sierra Vista, less than 10 miles from the Mexican border in the Huachuca Mountains.
Because of a spring feed stream, high canyon walls and an orientation facing northeast, the canyon has numerous sycamore and maple trees – very un-Arizona like.
The creek bank has even more wetlands vegetation.
The Ramsey family had settled in the canyon around 1900 and over the years built a couple of cabins.
As you hike through the preserve and climb up just a few feet above the stream you quickly go back to more typical Arizona landscape.
While in some spots the desert like landscape is integrated with the wetlands.
The canyon is home to lots of wildlife.
The trip back down the canyon to the visitor center returned us to the colorful foliage. Ramsey Canyon is a great destination for a different look at Arizona.