Sabino Canyon

Last Thanksgiving, like the one before it, Stephanie and I made our annual pilgrimage to the desert. We spent this one in and around Tucson, Arizona—sort of a do-over of our initial visit (when Stephanie fell ill en route to our container ship in Philadelphia). Of course we returned to the incomparable Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, and we went on a short walk in Saguaro National Park, but the real standout was the Telephone Line Trail in Sabino Canyon. The weather was beautiful, the sky was clear, and the late afternoon, autumnal light was golden. We really enjoyed hiking among the giant saguaro cacti. Many photographs were taken. Here are a few.

Stephanie and Justin in Sabino Canyon, Tucson, AZ
Excited to get our cactus on

Saguaro sentinel in Sabino Canyon, Tucson, AZ
Saguaro sentinel
Terrain of Sabino Canyon, Tucson, AZ
The trail; the terrain
Craggy peaks surrounding Sabino Canyon, Tucson, AZ
Craggy canyon wall
Cactused hillside in Sabino Canyon, Tucson, AZ
Cactused hilside
The grand view of Sabino Canyon, Tucson, AZ
The grand view
Canyon shadow in Sabino Canyon, Tucson, AZ
Canyon shadow shapes 1
Canyon shadow in Sabino Canyon, Tucson, AZ
Canyon shadow shapes 2
Canyon shadow in Sabino Canyon, Tucson, AZ
Canyon shadow shapes 3
Desert garden in Sabino Canyon, Tucson, AZ
Ocotillo and palo verde
Cacti in Sabino Canyon, Tucson, AZ
Cacti as far as the eye could see

4 Comments

I spent much of elementary school and middle school living in Tucson and the Desert Museum and Sabino—we lived a few miles away—were some of my favorite places, even as a kid.

I don’t know exactly what is it, but getting into and experiencing the desert is pretty special to us—such that it’s become this annual trip. So I can understand the attraction. I could see a Tucson or a Santa Fe in my later-in-life future.

Hi Justin… i am able to announce..we did the hike ;-) beautiful. I belive, on your third photo – THIS was the stone where the snake hides after she saw me comming ;-)) Geli

Geli, so glad you made it. We were not expecting much from a “non-National Park” but Sabino Canyon really exceeded our expectations.

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