• Exploring Arizona

    Exploring Ironwood National Monument, Sasco & The Silver Bell Cemetary

    When searching for satellite photos and maps, we find all kinds of interesting things to seek out in the desert. One day, we found a structure near Red Rock, Arizona, and with a little research, found out it is the old Sasco Smelter and Ghost Town. It seems like a great reason to load up the BCO Tundra and go exploring! Adventure of the day: Irownwoon National Monument, Sasco & the Silver Bell Cemetary Heading out to Sasco, Arizona Today we ventured South towards Tuscon, Arizona from Queen Creek. We heard about an old smelter just outside of Red Rock, AZ, and the Ironwood Forest National Monument. We are always…

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    Exploring Arizona

    Old Mining Wagon Wheel Tracks in Superior Arizona

    Sometimes you come across the most unexpected things when you are out exploring.  The other day, I was scouring the internet for a close-by spot to go check out with the family and dogs.  Living in Queen Creek, AZ, we have access to thousands of acres of wilderness, mountains, and deserts to explore, and I found a spot that piqued my attention.  There are Old Mining Wagon Wheel Tracks in Superior Arizona from the 1870’s nearby!! Superior, Arizona and It’s Amazing History “Kids!  Dogs! Load up!  We’re going on a mini-adventure!” We packed some water and snacks and loaded up in the Jeep.  Heading North from Queen Creek, the East…

  • Bulldog Canyon Trail, Arizona
    Exploring Arizona

    Bulldog Canyon Trail, Arizona

    Last week, we took the family on the Bulldog Canyon Trail located just North of Apache Junction, Arizona. The kids have been working hard at their online school work and we all really needed a break. We decided to social distance ourselves on a local trail. We left early for the trail to beat any others that were feeling the same way we were. Getting out in the Jeep is such a stress reliever and allows us to forget all that is going on in the world for just a few hours. As of writing this, enjoying the outdoors is recommended for mental health reasons and still allowed in Arizona.…

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    Off-Road Trail Schnebly Hill in Sedona Arizona

    Last week we headed for the hills. Literally. We met up with a group of outdoor enthusiasts for a drive to Sedona Arizona. We were planning on running the Broken Arrow Trail. But things do not always go as planned. We ended up on the off-road trail Schnebly hill and was able to earn a Jeep Badge of Honor. Broken Arrow Lives Up To Its Name When we arrived at the Broken Arrow Trail, one of our buddies was starting to have some transmission issues and had to return home. We were with a few other rigs, some built, some stock. Some of us decided to head over to the…

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    Exploring Arizona

    The Abandoned Ajax Mine – Arizona Ghost Mines

    It seems that we are always up for an adventure. Since we moved here 5 years ago we have made it our mission to explore all the cool wonders of Arizona. We started out with a decent size list of things we wanted to see and we have been checking it off almost every weekend. That includes the abandoned Ajax Mine. Most of our adventures seem to take us on remote backroads. Luckily we have a modestly lifted Jeep / daily driver that can take us pretty much anywhere we want to go, including the abandoned Ajax Mine. Ajax Mine History In its glory days, the Ajax mine was primarily…

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    Camping,  Exploring Arizona

    Black Canyon Lake – Heber Arizona

    Why you should visit Black Canyon Lake in Heber Arizona When it heats up in the Phoenix area, we love to head north past Payson toward Heber and the Apache-Sitegraves National Park. There are so many forest roads to explore just outside of Payson and we have only experienced a small number of them . One of our favorite camping spots to beat the heat is located near Black Canyon Lake. Black Canyon Lake is located about 45 miles east of the city of Payson, Arizona on Forest Road 86,. This lake boasts many attractions including the Heber Wild Horses, fishing, kayaking, hiking and off-roading. Camping Accommodations As you first…

  • Heber Wild Horses
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    Heber Wild Horses, Arizona

    If seeing the most amazing & beautifully wild horses is on your bucket list, you will want to visit the Black Canyon Lake area of the Mogollon Rim. This is the home of the Heber Arizona wild horses. Last weekend the family traveled north to explore the Black Canyon Lake area in Heber Arizona. Summer here in the Valley gets extremely hot and we wanted to take a break from the heat and go on an adventure. It is a 2 1/2 to 3-hour drive from the valley to Black Canyon Lake located on the Mogollon Rim in Arizona’s Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest. This scenic drive starts in the desert with…

  • Tonto National Monument
    Exploring Arizona

    Tonto National Monument

    Exploring the Tonto National Forest On our quest to explore the great American Southwest we recently ventured into the Tonto National Forest.   We headed out east on the 60 from Phoenix toward Globe, AZ.    The drive to the Tonto National Monument takes over 2 hours from Phoenix.   The scenery along this drive includes cactus, mesquite, creosote bushes and large rock formations in a vast array of color.  On the way you will see Saguaro Cactus, Prickly Pear Cactus and the trickster of the cactus world the Cholla Cactus also known as the Teddy Bear Cactus (do not try to cuddle it) aka the Jumping Cactus.  Although this cactus looks soft and…