Pena Blanca on a spring Wednesday!

Pena Blanca is a reservoir 18 miles N.W. of Nogales and is in Santa Cruz county. Maintained by the Coronado Natl’ Forest division. This reservoir was…

Pena Blanca on a spring Wednesday!

Pena Blanca on a spring Wednesday!

Pena Blanca is a reservoir 18 miles N.W. of Nogales and is in Santa Cruz county. Maintained by the Coronado Natl’ Forest division. This reservoir was made in 1957 by the Arizona game and fish dept.. It used to have a resort but the water had such high mercury contamination from the old mines in the area, it was closed.
Going up Ruby rd!
For $15 bucks a night, you can spend the night at this really cool Ruby ghost towns, I did write an article on this ghost town awhile back!
Pena Blanca lake is a really great place to go walking, there is a path you can take where we saw bright red cardinals, and took our dog up the path that goes all around the lake.
Flowers are blooming next to the lake!
The walking path is pretty smooth and the landscape is gorgeous here!You can walk this path and enjoy the tranquility out there, away from all the craziness going on!!!!
I spotted a lot of turtles in the water, but we did not see deer just a lot of ducks, and birds of all kinds for all you birdwatchers!!!
You will notice the high algae in the lake, I would not swim in it at this time, but you can canoe! Today’s species of fish in this lake are yellow bullhead, black crappie, radeR sunfish. It gets stocked with Rainbow trout from October to March once a month unless water quality is poor and it looked very poor quality right now in April of 2021!
Their are a lot of cows roaming the area, so be careful when walking your dog or dogs!

Next on Desertexplorations, a trip up I-95 all the way into Oregon, lots of photos and adventure coming next week, hoping to check out Tonapah and Belmont ghost town! Wow! This will be exciting!We may be staying at the famous Clown Motel in Tonapah or the most haunted hotel “The Mitzah” I will be writing about and sharing video footage about this adventure and sharing next weekend!

Mt.Hopkins, a place to observe the stars and galaxies!#184 scenic drive

Warning:this road up is very steep, dangerous to drive on windy days with a lot of turns, people may come down this road as you are going up, not …

Mt.Hopkins, a place to observe the stars and galaxies!#184 scenic drive

Mt.Hopkins, a place to observe the stars and galaxies!#184 scenic drive

Warning:this road up is very steep, dangerous to drive on windy days with a lot of turns, people may come down this road as you are going up, not much room to pass, so I am warning those who decide to go up, if you are scared of heights, do not do this drive alone or at all! Please use caution when going up! Also, I believe due to Covid, the observatory at the top may be closed.
Here, you will see very large telescopes on the right side of the road as you continue your drive up. The reviews are all good on the bus tours (when they have them)
The Fred Lawrence Whipple observatory Is both at the rim and at the peak. It has some giant telescopes and is closed I believe., we spotted a picnic area you can park close by it on right side, at the rim that may have a walking trail as well.Not sure if this trail is open.
You can see the Fred Lawerence Whipple observatory at the top, Elevation is 8,553 . Named after Gilbert Hopkins who died at The battle of Ft.Buchanan in 1865. That battle was part of the Apache wars, and this was the only battle won by the Apaches. Ft. Buchanan was the only United States military post that was conquered by Apaches.
The landscape is beautiful and has some off-road trails if you want to be adventurous!
The road is smooth and you won’t encounter any large rocks or problems.
This is the only barrier along the sides of the road up.
Since, I love astronomy and I am sure some of you do, this is a great spot to check out, take photos and enjoy.

Due to my fear of heights, we did not go all the way up! But driving down we pulled over to this spot, a trail with information along and it even had cement benches!

All kinds of great information from what animals live there to astronomy information!

The observatories are usually open Monday-Friday from 8:30-4:30 P.M., but like I said I do not know if they are open since we just basically drove up some of the road!

Hope you enjoyed this article, have a great week!