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

Supposedly the remains of Hank and Yanks homestead, this ranch is near the head of Sycamore canyon, the trail is really awesome!

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 and the history. So, after exploring Ruby ghost town, And writing about it, I knew that exploring Sycamore Canyon would be interesting as well! See, in most cases there is a history behind the places I go explore, and I will continue to share with my followers! This place has an interesting story and is right up Ruby Rd on Trail #40! This is the story of two brothers employed by General Crook.

Let’s go back in time and learn about these two men. Back in 1869, at the request of Captain Ross, two men , Henry (Hank) and the other Yank (John) Bartlett had come to Arizona and had their own pack train service and joined into Government service. They had gained employment by General Crook. The assignment given to them was to transfer all the materials at Camp Goodwin to Camp Apache. So when Camp Goodman closed, It was then an that point Hank became General Crooks chief of the U.S. Army. For those of you who don’t know what a pack train is, by definition it is a line or succession of a pack of mules or burros used to transport food or supplies over terrain unsuitable for wagons or other vehicles. Sycamore can is located in a very remote area, making it a perfect area For a pack train and is , Which by the way, is near the Pajarita mountains, and has over 160 species of birds, for a pack train to travel to. The photo of the large piece of adobe by the tree on Trail #40 was supposedly built by Hank and Yank and used stones mixed in Sonora, Mexico. They even owned a part of Tiger mine. Now, at that time it was during Geronimo’s war when Geronimo in the month of April and his band were heading back to Mexico after attacking the Peck Ranch in the Agua Fria canyon (located in Rio Rico)because of the Peck ranch massacre. It was said that Hank Hewitt and a neighbor were killed by one of Geronimos warriors.

You will see many border patrol out there, but it really is very remote, not to many people out there, but worth the drive! You can also check out Arivaca and Pena Blanca lakes as well!

So, now you know about this history lesson linked to trail #40 in Sycamore canyon! Hope you liked it and keep reading my articles! Please share with others and please subscribe, A big Thank you to all of you who have subscribe!!!! Have a wonderful week and stay safe out there! Check out great videos posted on my Facebook channel for Desertexplorations.com!

The bats in Arizona

A Mexican long-tongue bat, is a common Arizona bat

Bats play an important role and in Arizona the most common are the variety of small brown bats.

Before I name them to you, I wanted you to know just how important they are to some plants. See, bats help pollinate their flowers and spread the seeds, while others eat a lot of insects. This helps our great farmers in the fact that with these bats eating the insects, the less they need to spray our vegetable with pesticides! And that saves farmers money.

Ok, so here is the list of bats we have here in Arizona, with the Mexican long-tongue being at the top. Next up is the Leptonycteris Curasoae, the Lesser long-nosed bat

Lesser long nosed bat

The Occult little brown bat- Myotosis Lucifigus occultus

Ghost-faced bat-Mormoops Meglophylla

Wow, check out those fangs!

Yuma Myotis , these bats like to hang out above slow moving water, and roost in caves, rock crevices, and up in hollow trees, the male and females start having sex at age 1 and the females have sex with several males.

Yuma myotis

Now, these are the most common bats, that we just went over here in Arizona. I just want to clarify some of the myths people think about bats ok, first bats are not rodents, they are not blind, and no they don’t all have rabies!And even though there is only a small number of animals, that do have rabies, unfortunately bats are the number one carrier here in The AZ! And bats do not like people, and just love to be left alone.

Here are more bats to add to the list. The Pallid, and the big brown bat

These bats are known to fly up to 40 mph with a wing span of 12-16 inches!

Western small footed bat

The Western Mastiff

Wow! Just wow!

The Arizona Myotis

Also the Spotted bat

These bats live along cliffs in the Grand Canyon, Hay fields, desert, Riperian and marshes in Arizona

Well, I hope you liked this article and maybe learned something new today about bats! Remember to subscribe to this website and have a great evening!!!!