Places to see Fall colors in Arizona

Places to see Fall colors in Arizona

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Places to see Fall colors in Arizona

Here in the Sonora desert, the desert speaks in Fall colors

After drinking my coffee this morning, I thought about how much I love Fall! Who can’t love baggy sweaters and hot cocoa and the leaves changing into beautiful colors? I want people to know some of the best places to capture the bare essence of Fall in Arizona.

Sedona, oak creek canyon

Sedona, has bright yellow fire of Aspen trees with bright red backdrops surrounding the West fork. This is a definite must see place along with the Red rock state park. The best viewing is in October. You can take a tour on the verde canyon railroad to really see the spectacular beauty of foliage and red rock!

Next is Flaggstaff

Flaggstaff is a great place to experience Fall colors!

In Flaggstaff, head to the Coconino National Forest for great hiking and crisp air!Also, check out the Aspen trees against the dormant volcano Humphreys peak. The scenic drive on Flaggstaff Hart Prairie Rd. Is about a 7.5 mile trip and will put a smile on your face as you will see the San Francisco Peaks.

If you live around Tucson, Mt. Lemmon has always been a favorite of mine since my High school years!

Mt. Lemmon is the bomb!

Arizona is not just cacti, it is diverse and very beautiful, with lots to do! For example, you can grab apples for a freshly baked apple pie, at the Apple Annie farm in Wilcox. Also, you can take the kids through a corn maze at the Buckelew farm. Or check out the Boyce Thompson Arboretum State park, just ten miles from Superior, Az.

Well, there you have it, Arizona’ s best fall sightings, and I’m sure you may have your favorites as well, please share your ideas with us! Thank you so much for reading and Have a wonderful weekend!

Creature of the desert, Skinwalker

The Navajo people have a legendary creature called “Skinwalker” a.k.a“shapeshifters” Although, this is a creepy and sensitive topic, I want people to be open about the topic. I want people to know the world is a place with many mysteries we don’t understand and are very scared to accept the things we don’t understand . Try to open up our minds. The photo above is not fake and was taken by a real person!

In the Navajo culture, the Skinwalker is a witch that can change into an animal like a dog, coyote, Fox, owls, or crows. This witch is called “ye naaldooshi” by the Navajo, meaning it goes on all fours. This is considered just one of the most dangerous.

The Navajo are a peaceful people and believe in both good and evil and that the Skinwalker are their to protect the land from strangers.

Skinwalker are mostly encountered around Native American reservations, but are spotted throughout America. The most common place is “The skin walker ranch” in Utah.

In ancient Meso America they call Skinwalker, Naguel. In order for the indigenous man or woman to shapeshift, they must make a pact with the devil.

A pre-Columbia’s chatino stela depicting a naguel transforming into a jaguar
A “Skinwalker”

Shapeshifting can happen in Native American dances, songs and through wardances. They dress in feathers and animal pelts in order to activate the animal spirit. Many people claim to have seen Skinwalker sand many stories are told, you ask is it possible, the answer is “anything is possible” Just as people have seen “Bigfoot, the rake, ghosts, the Loch Ness” monster! Hundreds of people are coming out and telling their stories. All I can say is “Be careful out there” especially on Halloween.

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Saving Camp Naco, and the history behind it!

These buildings have been standing for a hundred years, a very important piece of Arizona’s history!

Camp Naco is a registered historical landmark in Naco, Az, also referred as Ft. Newell ghost town, needs donations to preserve it!

It’s astonishing to think that such a small town on the border has such a fascinating history! Let’s just call it Ft.Newell, also called Camp Naco! This place was a military post on the outskirts of Naco, Arizona. Subsequent to Pancho Villa’s raid on Columbus, N.M. In 1916.

Ft.Newell was used by the U.S. Army during the expeditions against Pancho Villa

Pancho villa was like a Robin Hood to the poor peasants. He would steal from the rich and give to the poor. He was The only foreigner that invaded and attacked and killed inside the U.S. Border.

The battle of Naco was the battle of the Mexican revolution between Constitutionalist forces & Mexican govt. in 1913.

A photo of the Battle at Naco, rebel forces under General Alvaro Obregon defeated the Mexican army and captured Naco.

The battle of Naco was the longest battle of war with 119 days of combat. The buffalo soldiers, were African-American men came and fought at Naco. They really fought hard!

Buffalo soldiers fought in the Battle of Naco, here is a photo of them at the Ft.

The barracks at Fr. Newell

Unfortunately illegal aliens are crossing over to the historic site and had set fire to one of the buildings. It is now inside a very long gate that encircles this beautiful historic landmark. Donations are always needed to fix the buildings .

These buildings are made of adobe and have been here since the early 1900’s

Naco is the only place in the U.S history to have been bombed by someone (Patrick Murphy, Irish man) employed by a foreign power! This bombing destroyed a Dodge truck and also hit the store back in 1929!

Hope you enjoyed this informative article on Naco, their is a Facebook page you can check out and find out more about this historic landmark! Thank you for reading and keep following my articles on Desertexplorations.com! share and have a wonderful rest of your day!