Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Land of Contrasts

A sandstone butte provides a back drop for desert plants at Papago Park. Pictured in the foreground are, from left, saguaro cactus, ocotillo, barrel cactus, and cholla.
Papago Park is one of the most unique parks in the country. Located in Phoenix and neighboring Tempe, the park contains unique sandstone buttes that could be from an alien world. Erosion has been forming their pock-marked surface for millions of years.

How many parks can claim that they housed thousands of German prisoners of war during World War II? Or that they were the finish line for the"The Amazing Race" in its fourth season?  Or that they contain a pyramid-shaped tomb? At Papago, the tomb is the resting place of the first Arizona governor.

Papago Park is also home to the Phoenix Zoo, the Desert Botanical Garden (where I took the above photo), the Hall of Flame honoring firefighters, and Papago Golf Course. There are also miles of hiking trails, plenty of places to picnic, and lakes where you can fish.

Papago Park is a perfect fall destination, whether you live in the Valley of the Sun or just stop by for a visit.

I'm linking to Outdoor Wednesday at A Southern Daydreamer.

Until next time,


LV said...

I have not had the pleasure of visiting this great state. I would love it and seeing all these neat plants. You did a super job on this post.

Karen said...

Beautiful, I have always wanted to visit Arizona.

Montanagirl said...

That looks like a place I would love to visit. The photo-ops would be endless!

Linda said...

I love to visit AZ in the early Spring...it is such a beautiful state!!

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