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Off-roading in Mescal, Az

If your looking for a new area to go off-roading, Check out Mescal Rd. It is only about a 40 minute drive from Tucson! Off exit 297. The road is about 16 miles. The first three is paved and the first eight is suitable for any car. As you head through the dirt road you will see the Rincon Mts that surround the valley. Also for hikers , you can go to Forest Rd 35 if you want to hike Miller trail, I also saw a sign that said Turkey trail. Here are some photos of this area.

I managed to get this photo from outside the gate, but there are many tracks off to the right Leading towards it! Another words, a small gate won’t stop people from going in!

This western movie studio had some big Hollywood stars and movies made here! This is called Old Tucson’s sister studio and has been standing for 50 years! It was used for the movie “Tombstone” the gunfight scene. The saloon was used for the movie “The quick and the dead” also “The three amigos” so it has had many many Hollywood actors and actresses!

Going up Mescal Rd
Along the side of the road
You will see ranches, lots of cows hanging out on the side of this rd., a couple ranches.
You can go through this gate, just close it when you go through, there is no, No trespassing sign!
A lot of tall trees everywhere, very pretty!

Well, the road goes on, but I won’t spoil the rest of this trip, you gotta check it out yourself! All that’s missing is water, I see a lot of campfire rocks built in different areas, but I did not see many “No trespassing “ signs, . So just use common sense when going. Have fun!!!!! Crank up the tunes and drive!

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Social distancing during COVID-19

Man this sucks! A lot of people in Arizona are not taking this serious and they need to! Why risk it? I mean come on! I want this horrible nightmare to go away, not keep spreading and killing people! What do people not understand about staying Away from people and out of groups is so friggin hard to comprehend? I go out yes, but To very remote places where there are no people, no groups!

Let us all do our part and stay away from people! Do the right thing, Always wash your hands like you are a surgeon about to do a surgery!Wear gloves and mask if you are sick and have to be around people if you are sick or better yet STAY HOME! This is not to be taken lightly! Watch the videos I post on Facebook/ Desertexplorations.com and learn survival skills please and share! Thank you very much for doing the right thing during this time, and stay safe out there! I will keep writing and doing my part with good information! Vanessa- co-founder and owner of Desertexplorations.com

The remote paradise, a look into Gila Box Riperian conservation

Stunning emerald green Fremont cottonwood, willow and Sycamore trees align the Gila River.

A remote place lies here in Arizona, a place away from all the craziness going on nowadays! A place to hear the quiet. Well, it is just the right place to drive through and take in some beautiful scenery! Definitely, a lot of space between people, that’s for sure. I would recommend you go check it out, even bring the family! We pulled off to the first pull off and this is where I took the first photo! And here are many more to share with you!

First, let’s learn some cool history and then I will lead you back to the drive!

Location is 20 miles N.E of Safford in Southern Grahm county. A massive 23,000 acres with wildlife that includes over 200 species of birds. The rock bighorn sheep, mule deer, bobcat, beaver, javelina and The coatimundi (they are adorable!

The coatimundi can be spotted near Bonita creek at the Gila box Riperian conservation! I will write an article on them next!

The Gila box area is frequented by campers, And people who love canoeing!These images are taken at the pull off at Gila box.

A map of the territory

Natives who lived along the Gila River were the Hohokam in 1400 A.D., also Mogollan, and Apaches. There are cliff edwellings there as well!And the good thing is, you don’t need to pay to look for them or be near people to explore!

Built by the ancient Puebloans, look at that view! Wow!

The whole area is full of excitement, as you will have fun on your OHV and hiking, and of course camping!You will also find the monument near the Cottonwood trail. It represents the U.S-Mexican war. About 100 men were brought there by General Stephen Watts Kearney As seen below.

Monument is located close to the Cottonwood trail
At the Serna cabin picnic area, the cabin was originally built by two brothers Simon and Ivaldo Serma. Great area to have picnic and walk the trails! Here is what was found in this area.

Ok, so I took a bunch of pics to share and hope you enjoy! This place is gorgeous and a very good place to go off-roading, camping, camping and exploring!

Each campsite has tables and grills for cooking meals!
There are signs, so you don’t get lost and you can pick where you want to go!

Right now in March, everything is blooming, so it is great for photographers!

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Hohokam, the greatest irrigation farmers of the Desert!

Hohokam, the greatest irrigation farmers of the Desert!

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What happened in Sycamore Canyon during the Civil war era?The Hank & Yank story

When I go out exploring, I like to really dive into it with a whole heart. I dig deep into each place and learn everything I can about the geography …

What happened in Sycamore Canyon during the Civil war era?The Hank & Yank story

What happened in Sycamore Canyon during the Civil war era?The Hank & Yank story

When I go out exploring, I like to really dive into it with a whole heart. I dig deep into each place and learn everything I can about the geography …

What happened in Sycamore Canyon during the Civil war era?The Hank & Yank story

What happened in Sycamore Canyon during the Civil war era?The Hank & Yank story

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What happened in Sycamore Canyon during the Civil war era?The Hank & Yank story

What happened in Sycamore Canyon during the Civil war era?The Hank & Yank story

What happened in Sycamore Canyon during the Civil war era?The Hank & Yank story

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