Wild Life Sightings on Two Nature Trails 10 Minutes from Tempe

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Real Estate Agent with HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 480-966-9353 SA585680000

One of the distinguishing characteriscts of living in Tempe, Arizona, is  Nature trails are nearby - we can jump into our cars, drive 10-15 minutes and be on a walking path with pretty desert plants in bloom, with wild birds and animals around us, even though our homes may be in a densely-populated urban area with all the conveniences and delights urban life offers.

The Desert Botanical Garden and Phoenix Zoo come to mind right away. I often write about the beauty of the Desert Botanical Garden and the Phoenix Zoo.

 

Today, I will share with my readers two videos which I took walking on two nearby trails:

(1) Pima Canyon Trailhead*; 4800 E. Pima Canyon Rd. (South Mountain Park/Preserve)
(2) Papago Park Butte Loop 


Papago Park Butte Loop is a 2.3 mile trail, which offers 360 degrees views of the Phoenix metro area.

 

Walking on the Park Butte Loop, views change from downtwon Tempe cranes and high-rises, to more cranes in the air on the Scottsdale side, then we see the majestic Camelback Mountain with the homes huddled in its brow, and creeping up higher and higher. We sit for a second at the amphiteatre and keep moving on along the Butte Loop to see the Phoenix skyline, and airplanes descending at Phoenix SkyHarbor Airport.

 

         

Amphitheater along Papago Butte Loop                             View of Camelback Mountain

 

While enjoying the views, we stop to let the Gambel's quail covey finish their snack and take their desert bath. See them on this video:

 

 

The two animals you will see in this next video are quite typical for the South Mountain Preserve area - javelina and coyote.

Javelinas may look like a mini wild boar, however, they are herbivores, about 2ft tall, and weigh between 35-55 lbs. Their main predators are mountain lions, coyotes, bobcats. Coyotes are members of the wolf family, a bit smaller than a wolf, about 2.2 ft tall, and 15-46 lb weight.

As you can guess, speed was important in the filmed situation.

 

There is plenty of information about access to both trails, if we just type their names on the internet. Parking is usually pretty easy in both locations. I have always found it amazing that even if the parking lot seems full of cars, there is always that one car that is pulling out, and I can park without waiting. 

Enjoy your walk, and if you decide that you'd like to live nearby those lovely natural preserves, please let me know. I will be happy to show you homes in the neighborhoods nearby them.

This post is my participation in Kathy Streib and Hannah Willaims April challenge Time to Get Out and Show Off Your Area.

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Steffy Hristova, MBA, SFR, CNE, Realtor®

HomeSmart Elite Group
Tel:  (480) 966-9353

10601  N. Hayden Rd. I-100
Scottsdale AZ 85260

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Comments (27)

Steffy Hristova
HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 480-966-9353 - Tempe, AZ
Tempe AZ Realtor - Your Home Close to Your Work!

Hi Myrl,

I read about a study which showed that people are twice as likely to accept smaller residential properties if there is a park nearby (44.3 per cent versus 18.6 per cent),  (Waugh, 2004, Study of New Urban Characteristics That Residents Most Value).

I agree with the findings. 

Thanks for the feature in photos.

Apr 29, 2021 07:15 AM
Steffy Hristova
HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 480-966-9353 - Tempe, AZ
Tempe AZ Realtor - Your Home Close to Your Work!

Hi Kathy,

Thanks for stopping by. And for creating this challenge. I think I will keep looking at your blog suggestions and writing blog posts about all of them eventually.

Apr 29, 2021 07:16 AM
Steffy Hristova
HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 480-966-9353 - Tempe, AZ
Tempe AZ Realtor - Your Home Close to Your Work!

Hi Endre,

I know that feeling - by the time we  start recording, the critters are gone. That's why I don't have a video of the jack-rabbits which I see on the trails, too. They run with these beautiful leaps, but usually tooo fast - by the time I pull my phone they are on the opposite hill. 

Apr 29, 2021 07:20 AM
Steffy Hristova
HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 480-966-9353 - Tempe, AZ
Tempe AZ Realtor - Your Home Close to Your Work!

Hi Michael,

I am always discovering some new thing to love Tempe for. 😀

Apr 29, 2021 07:22 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Hi Steffy

What cool videos. Interesting neighbors indeed love the location we need to share our location with nature.

 

Thank you for your entry in the Active Rain Spring Challenge 

Apr 29, 2021 11:17 AM
Steffy Hristova
HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 480-966-9353 - Tempe, AZ
Tempe AZ Realtor - Your Home Close to Your Work!

Hi Hannah, 

Thanks for watching the videos. I thought they were pretty rare to catch yet typical for the area.

Apr 29, 2021 07:47 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Steffy:

Wow, thank you for the tour and videos. I have heard about this area but have yet to visit. Your post have gotten me even more interested!

Have a great weekend!

Jeff

Apr 30, 2021 08:13 PM
Lynn B. Friedman CRS Atlanta, GA 404-939-2727
Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty - Love our Great City - Love our Clients! Buckhead - Midtown - Westside - Atlanta, GA
Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers

Steffy - Loved your post and especially those adorable running quail! I love birds - Lynn

Apr 30, 2021 10:17 PM
Steffy Hristova
HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 480-966-9353 - Tempe, AZ
Tempe AZ Realtor - Your Home Close to Your Work!

Jeff, both trails can be walked in almost any kind of shoes. Very easy and scenic . Thansk for stopping by.

May 01, 2021 04:54 PM
Steffy Hristova
HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 480-966-9353 - Tempe, AZ
Tempe AZ Realtor - Your Home Close to Your Work!

Hi Lynn,

Aren't the quail so funny, so much in a hurry always. I love to watch them, and usually stop to hear their chirping songs better.

May 01, 2021 04:56 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Steffy Hristova - You did a great job introducing me to wildlife on the trails! I enjoyed watching your videos and learning so much today! I can tell, your passion about where you live is genuine and entertaining too!

May 01, 2021 05:57 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

This is supposed to be I really well done nature preserve, from what I hear, and I'm all good with that. :

May 02, 2021 09:57 PM
Steffy Hristova

Hi Laura Cerrano , thanks for stopping by. Yes, it seems so to me, too.

May 04, 2021 02:30 PM
Steffy Hristova
HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 480-966-9353 - Tempe, AZ
Tempe AZ Realtor - Your Home Close to Your Work!

Thanks for watching, Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP , I really enjoy to see so many wild animals so close to this huge urban metro area. I would like to think that the city planners must have done a good job of preserving spaces for them.

May 04, 2021 02:29 PM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Wow, quite the wildlife walks. An interesting adventure to enjoy from a distance. How wonderful to have this so close to a metro area. And, what a great preserve for the animals and the residents to enjoy. 

May 07, 2021 08:09 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Hi Steffy Hristova - I hope you're doing well and busy in business. May is nearly over and there's still time if you're interested in submitting an entry into the ActiveRain May Contest - Life is a Story

May 28, 2021 07:52 PM
Steffy Hristova
HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 480-966-9353 - Tempe, AZ
Tempe AZ Realtor - Your Home Close to Your Work!

Hi Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP , I love the theme of this month's contest. And thinking about an entry. And then, I feel, oh, this can be said so much better. My time every day seems to be so filled with urgent things every minute. 

May 29, 2021 10:41 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Steffy, How this I miss your blog before today.   Thanks for the great information to share with us here in the Rain.

Jun 19, 2021 08:50 AM
Steffy Hristova
HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 480-966-9353 - Tempe, AZ
Tempe AZ Realtor - Your Home Close to Your Work!

Will Hamm , thanks for stopping by with a comment. I enjoy walks in this area - and wild life sightings. 

Jun 20, 2021 08:08 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

I was looking for your current posts. I hope all is going well for you.

Have an outstanding summer.

Jun 26, 2021 09:05 AM
Steffy Hristova
HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 480-966-9353 - Tempe, AZ
Tempe AZ Realtor - Your Home Close to Your Work!

Hi Roy Kelley , thanks for stopping by. I have to post more often, lots of learning happening now. And of course, super busy season. 

Jun 26, 2021 11:09 AM
Roy Kelley

Take care and be safe this summer.

Jun 26, 2021 11:17 AM