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.