Thanks to the unusual and excessive rainfall this past winter in the desert southwest, the hills have come alive. I don’t think I’ve ever seen the Phoenix valley so green, but it’s not just an abundance of green that has carpeted the land.
Everywhere I look, I’m greeted with a delightful kaleidoscope of color. The wildflowers are on steroids this year and I’m loving the view. Each bloom, bush, and tree is a wonderful sight to behold.
The stunning display of wildflowers is an unexpected surprise to those visiting the desert for the first time. The desert southwest is lush with vegetation and color and a far cry from the drab, barren brown most folks associate with a desert.
I always look forward to spring in Arizona, and couldn’t wait to share some of my favorite Phoenix valley spots with my daughter. First up was hiking at the Superstition Mountain located on the far east side of the valley. This is my absolute favorite place to hike in Arizona.
March 2nd – Al and I managed to snag a lovely campsite in the overflow loop for a couple of nights of dry camping at Lost Dutchman State Park. This is a popular state park and without a reservation, it’s difficult to nab a site with electric.
By camping at the base of the Superstition Mountains, I was able to hike multiple times throughout the day and photograph the beauty that surrounded me. Sharing this amazing scenery with my daughter was a special treat.
Who knew the desert could be so colorful? ‘I know, I know’, she exclaimed with raised hand! And once the wildflowers wither, it’ll be time for the cactus to bloom. The color of spring in the desert is a memorable and unique experience …. not to be missed.