Posted by: sunnyharvy | April 13, 2014

From Saguaros to Ponderosas

We didn’t need to drive too far east out of Phoenix to find a very nice campground at Lost Dutchman State Park. We spent two nights and a day exploring the area, including nearby Canyon Lake. However, when the thermometer rose above 90 degrees, it was time to head to higher ground.


Camp site at Lost Dutchman State Park at base of Superstition Mountains


Creative sundial in the park


Ocotillo blossoms


The sun setting behind a 150 year-old Saguaro

Last Wednesday we left the Saguaros at Lost Dutchman State Park and, after less than a half day’s drive, we were shaded by a cool forest of Ponderosa Pines at Fools Hollow State Park near Show Low, AZ. The drive might not have been terribly long, but it certainly was interesting. We climbed up and around some amazing topography while navigating multiple hairpin turns that challenged Al’s driving skill as well as his acrophobia.


Check out some of the switchbacks


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Once we were nestled into our cozy site at Fools Hollow, we decided to stay an extra night to relax and paddle around a bit.






Once again we enjoyed the pleasures of traveling a bit off-season. There were very few campers at this park and even fewer boats on the water, while the temperatures were quite a bit warmer than usual for this time of year. We were told that this park gets extremely busy during the summer months when the temperatures at lower altitudes soar past the 100 degree mark.


  1. Now you are camping !! Beautiful area with Phil’s kind of roads……..

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