Southern Arizona Travel
Travel to Southern Arizona if you seek adventure. This dry desolate area has been inhabited by humans for a long time. The climate has made it difficult if not impossible for the area to become over populated. Making the adventurer in all of us smile. There are tales of lost gold mines, cowboys and a desert that goes for miles and miles.
Southern Arizona hiking trails are really off the beaten path. Traveling on dirt road to get to The Superstition Mountains you will find an area that is mountain desert and seems to go on forever. Hike around a bit and you may stumble upon the Lost Dutchman’s Mine. The story goes that a miner brought millions of dollars of gold out of the mountain, never returned to the area and died before telling a living soul where the mine was located.
Located near Yuma, Madera Canyon rises to 8,000 feet and is a great way to hike from the desert to the trees. It can get really cold at this elevation and I would recommend hiking here in the summer months.
Ghost Towns in Southern Arizona can get the imagination running are full of history and fun for young and old. If you have kids tombstone will create a memory your family will not soon forget. Actors reenact the 1900 train robbery of the Wells Fargo Train. It is a little cheezy for adults but kids love it.
Fairbanks is a true ghost town people last lived here in 1970. Fairbanks was once a bustling mining, milling town located along the San Pedro river in Southern Arizona.
Bordered by mesquite forest and grasses this town and short hikes along the perimeter will give you a look back to the Spaniards. You can look at the remains of their settlements here as well. The Nature Conservancy considers this a great place and well worth the visit.
Southern Arizona Vineyards good wine can be found here with the grapes thriving at the 5,000 to 6,000 elevation in the Sonita-Elgin area. Producing a nice Petit Verdot local winemakers man there own tasting rooms. There are 39 licensed wineries in Arizona. This area reminds me of the Napa Valley 35 years ago and is a wine lovers paradise. The busiest time of the year is during the Thanksgiving weekend.
Kartner Caverns, Southern Arizona – the cavern was not discovered until 1974 you can view geological history as it develops in the caverns. The caverns are in pristine condition and have been developed into an Arizona State Park.