We’ve been doused with rain, covered with snow and flooded out. But it’s over now and you’ll love Arizona travel after the big storm. Here are some great ideas for your Arizona day trips:
Head to the High Country
Flagstaff suffered during the storm but the beautiful snow is there for you and your family to enjoy. Here is Flagstaff’s Guide to Winter Recreation. You can print it out and take it with you.
At this time, it is thought that Sunday will be clear enough, weather-wise to head north. Even so, it is best to check for road conditions ahead of time. A good resource is KPHO.
Directions: To reach the Flagstaff area, drive north on I-17.
Nature Hikes at Wickenburg Hassayampa River Preserve
Get out doors and soak in the beauty of the Hassayampa River after the winter rains at the Nature Conservancy ‘s Hassayampa River Preserve.
From 8:30 until 10 a.m. on Saturday, January 30, an experienced docent will share insights on wildlife, birds, plants and riparian ecology during an easy walk along the preserve’s spectacular streamside trails.
On Sunday, January 31, for 9 until 11 a.m. a docent will lead an easy one-mile family fitness walk with plenty of time to discover and observe the wildlife and birds. This is a “Nature Rocks” event designed to encourage families to have fun and explore nature.
Students can ask for a Nature Ranger journal and during either walk complete activities to earn a Nature Ranger badge.
After their walk participants can enjoy hands-on and interpretive displays housed in the 1860s-era Frederick Brill ranch headquarters, the native plant garden, and the Wickenburg Camera Club’s award winning photographs on display in the Frank Broz Memorial Gallery.
Children must be accompanied by an adult. Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable, close-toed shoes and bring water.
Space is limited and reservations are required. Call (928) 684-2772 to make reservations or for more information. Also, visit the preserve website: www.nature.org/arizona/preserves
Directions: 49614 N. U.S. Hwy. 60, Wickenburg, AZ 85390 (Head to Wickenburg on I-60). You’ll see the Preserve signs on the left just before you get in to Wickenburg.
Visit the Desert at the White Tank Regional Park
This beautiful mountain park is amazing after a rain storm. There will be water in the washes, an actual waterfall to visit and soon after, green blades of grass will carpet the desert floor. Read about a post-rain visit to the park and what you might see.
More on Visiting White Tank Mountain Regional Park
Directions: From Phoenix, Arizona, travel the 101 west to the Bell Road exit. (If the 303 route is more convenient, you can take the 303 to Olive). From Bell Road, head South on Hwy 303 to Olive. Turn west for 4 miles on Olive to the White Tank Mountain Regional Park entrance. Map
Photo Credit: Elizabeth R. Rose