Arizona's most beautiful places to visit
Where to go in Arizona. This is a quick guide to some of the most beautiful and scenic places in Arizona
Motel 6 Sierra Vista - Fort Huachuca, AZ Video Tour
Motel 6 Sierra Vista - Fort Huachuca, AZ #277
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In the heart of Cochise County, not far from where the Earps and Clantons shot it out at the O.K. Corral, Fort Huachuca has long stood guard over these parts of southeast Arizona. Now if you're looking to take aim at overpriced accommodations, try Motel 6 Sierra Vista -- Fort Huachuca. It's got the lowest price of any national chain.
Located along State Road 90, 30 minutes south of I-10, this Motel 6 is surrounded by remnants of the Old West like the towns of Tombstone and Bisbee, and is close to top local points of interest. It features clean, comfortable rooms that come with all the basics -- expanded cable, available WiFi, and a spacious, modern bathroom. An on-site guest laundry, a vending area and an outdoor pool area provide added convenience.
So next time, pull the trigger on quality, affordable lodging with a stay at Motel 6 Sierra Vista -- Fort Huachuca. We'll leave the light on for you.
Mt. Lemmon, Tucson AZ
Hohokam sites from 1,200 years ago have been found in the Santa Catalina Mountains. Later, the area was frequented by the Tohono O'odham and Apache.
1870s and 1880s Soldier Camp, was used during campaigns against Apaches
In 1881 Sara Lemmon, age 45
Thanks largely to her efforts over 10 years, California adopted the golden poppy as its state flower in 1903. The poppy has now been the state flower of California for 107 years.
And an entire group of plants was named for her
She lived to be 93.
In 1920 the dirt road (Old Mount Lemon Road) was built from Oracle to Summerhaven.
F-86 fighter jet crashed in 1957
at approximately 32.42549 N, 110.71816
community of Summerhaven
Rose Canyon Lake - 6 acres - AZ State Fishing Licence W/ trout stamp
Arizona Trail is a continuous, 800+ mile diverse and scenic trail across Arizona from Mexico to Utah
Mount Lemmon Infrared Observatory
Federal land and is maintained by the University for astronomical research and science education under the terms of a Permit with the U.S. Forest Service.
1956 1969 20-acre site was a Radar Base of the Air Defense Command
in October 1970 was converted into an observatory for infrared astronomy
It houses a radar tracking station operated from Ft. Huachuca and is the lone remaining military presence on the mountain is used to direct the Space Shuttle to an emergency landing in White Sands, New Mexico.
It is also a former communications center for the Titan missle defense system.
18 Titan II missile silos around Tucson
There are seven telescopes in the Mount Lemmon Observatory
Including a robotic telescope operated from South Korea
Catalina Highway (General Hitchcock Highway)
The only paved road that leads to the upper reaches of Mt. Lemmon and the Santa Catalina Range is one of the most scenic highways in the southwest.
27 mile road starts in the Lower Sonoran vegetative life zone and climbs to the high forests
in honor of Postmaster General Frank Harris Hitchcock
Work was begun on the road in 1933 and completed 17 years later in 1950. Much of the labor was supplied by workers from a federal prison camp
Catalina Mountain Pass to park on National Forest land
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Coronado National Memorial and Ramsey Canyon Preserve, Arizona
A day trip of history and birding in southernmost Arizona! If you enjoy our travel video, we would appreciate a thumbs-up, SUBSCRIBE, COMMENT, and/or SHARE. Thank you for watching and happy travels to you!
A Journey of Conquest and Exploration It was a journey of conquest, filled with exploration, wonder - and cruelty. Inspired by tales of vast cities of gold, 339 European soldiers and over 1000 Aztec allies embarked on an epic journey through arid deserts and rugged mountains. They brought rich traditions and new technology into the region, irrevocably changing the lives of native peoples and continuing to influence the area today.
We also visited the birding mecca of Ramsey Canyon Preserve. Rare birds, such as the tufted flycatcher and the flame-colored tanager. A lush sycamore streamside-forest set in the beautiful Huachuca Mountains, which harbor many species of plants and animals at the northern edge of their ranges, such as Apache pine, Berylline hummingbird and coati. And a spring-fed stream and high canyon walls that keep Ramsey Canyon cool and moist. That’s just a small part of the adventure and beauty you’ll find here!
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The Land of Saguaro (Southern Arizona)
A journey in Southern AZ featuring Casa Grande, Montezuma Pass, the Sonoran Desert, San Xavier del Bac, the Chiricahua National Monument, Fort Bowie, Bisbee and Tombstone.
Coronado National Memorial
Recorded April 21, 2017
The Coronado National Memorial commemorates the first organized expedition into the Southwest by conquistador Francisco Vásquez de Coronado. The memorial is located in a natural setting on the international border on the southeast flank of the Huachuca Mountains.
Camping in the Huachuca Mountains
Coronado National Forest, Arizona
AZ 83 North - The Arizona, Coronado Trails - Parker Canyon Lake (BEGIN) to Sonoita
Arizona State Route 83 is one of the most scenic and oldest highways in the state. The segment north of Sonoita was one of the first State Highways in Arizona to be designated in 1927, and was extended in 1966 facilitate the construction and use of Parker Canyon Lake. Although only the portion north of Sonoita is recognized by the state as a scenic highway, I believe the southern portion is actually more beautiful then the northern section, as you’ll see when the next portion comes out.
Part of this segment of AZ 83 roughly parallels the historic Arizona and Coronado Trails, although it is not signed as such. The route to Parker Canyon Lake is not widely used except by the Forest Service and people visiting the lake at the southern end of the highway. Because of that, the route south of Sonoita was actually not paved until the 1990s, and even then the portion from the lake to the Cochise-Santa Cruz County line wasn’t paved until the 2000s. Those are the first 5 miles or so shown today. The road is very tight, only 1.5 lanes wide with no center striping and multiple blind switchbacks. After passing the first cattle grate, we expand out to a narrow two lane - albeit newly paved and striped - road with small shoulders, steep drop offs and more blind corners. Because of the narrow shoulders and curves, you must remain vigilant for other people stuck and unable to get off the road, although the entire time I only saw and passed a handful of vehicles. Between Parker Canyon Lake and Cimarron Rd near Canelo, we actually straddle the top of the Canelo Hills (where Canelo got it’s name from) within the Huachuca Mountains. At Cimarron Rd - which serves as the backroad to Fort Huachuca and is, in fact, closed a couple miles past AZ 83 for base-traffic only - we enter in the ghost town of Canelo. Canelo never grew much past a few homes and a post office, which ultimately became a forest ranger building.
After winding through the hills past Canelo, we enter into the Arizona Wine Valley below and immediately cross into the town of Elgin, which while large in land size is home to a very small population of only 161 people. Here AZ 83 makes multiple 80-100° turns, replacing old dirt and ranch roads that ran between ranches and vineyards. It’s at this point that AZ 83 finally leaves it’s 35MPH speed limit and reaches it’s high of 55MPH before entering into the heart of Arizona’s Wine County: Sonoita.
AZ 83 parallels the much busier AZ 82 for a couple miles before making one last 90° turn to meet it at a two-way stop in the center of Sonoita. AZ 83 traffic must stop for AZ 82 traffic heading both east to AZ 90 and AZ 80 (old US 80) near Sierra Vista and Tombstone respectively, and heading west/southwest to Patagonia and ultimately Nogales where AZ 82 ends at I-19’s business loop (old US 89). It’s at this point where the Patagonia-Sonotia Scenic Road turns left off eastbound AZ 82 and onto northbound AZ 83 to I-10. We end the video here, and will pick up later.
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Eagle View RV Resort - Fort McDowell, AZ
Eagle View RV Park in Fort McDowell, AZ is where we stay for at least a month each winter. This park is located inside the Indian reservation of the Yavapai Nation. It is tied to the We-Ko-Pa Casino which is only 1/2 mile away which offers fine dining, gaming, as well as a golf course.
This resort is in a great location as it is just on the outside of town thus is very quite. It is also close to Fountain Hills which has great places to eat as well as shop. It is also right next to Tonto National Forrest which offers great hiking, boating, and 4x4 activities.
And get this...Wild Horses roam the area!
Seeing we come back each year, feel free to book, use our name please, and stop over and see us! We stay usually in December.
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The Chiricahua Mountains and National Monument
In this video I find some boondocking spots near the Chiricahua National Monument in southern AZ, and go on a hike in the monument.
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