We woke this morning to 31 degrees – BRRRR. But before long, the day warmed up and we decided to take a hike on the Rim Trail.
Many of the early pioneers dammed up the streams to create permanent reservoirs. From there many irrigation ditches were dug – this one was built in 1906.
This area of the Rim contains both ponderosa and pinion pine. In fact, Arizona contains the largest contiguous stand of ponderosa pine in the world (Amazing, especially when Arizona is considered a desert state.).
I found this information interesting:
Pictures from along the trail:
This groundcover grows in several parts of our country and it is very valuable for watershed protection. Some of its common names are Manzanita or kinnikinnick, or bearberry.
More views along the trail:
The trail is paved for .3 miles but we decided to go further and do the 1 mile loop. Well, somewhere along the way we missed the turn and ended up on a road. There were two gentleman in their yard and they gave us directions back to the trailhead. What turned out to be a 1 mile loop became a 2 mile loop – LOL! We did get to see some nice scenery plus some nice developments. This area reminds me so much like the Pocono Mountains.
Another wonderful day – !