Any visitor to the Tucson area expects to see Saguaro Cactus, and they are not disappointed at Sabino Canyon.
However, deciduous trees are scarce in Tucson but plentiful in the Canyon.
Our area had so much rain that nearly every bridge the tram crossed had water coursing over it. This made our trip fairly exciting.
I was fascinated by all the textures in the rushing water.
Here you can see that it was a typically sunny (but cool) Sonoran Desert day.
I never get tired of the Saguaro Cactus. They don't get "arms" until they are 50-100 years old!
It sounds funny to most people, but it is exciting to see a river with water in it. We have several rivers in Tucson which only have water in the monsoon. Sabino Creek has water year round.
Once you reach the top of the canyon, you can ride the tram back down, or get off and walk at different stops. Since there was water over most of the bridges, we chose to walk between the only two stops where the bridges were dry. Here is our group - my brother-in-law Frank Odgen, sister Carol Ogden, brother Larry Watson and sister-in-law Carolyn Watson.
Note how copper-colored the creek is. This is from tannins leeched from fallen leaves.
A lovely winter day. In a few more months I'd like to go back to see the wildflowers bloom.
Fall colors, even though it is January.
A "head" stone.
One last look at the rushing waters of the creek.
Our guide said that the week before they had seen big horn sheep near this part of the canyon but we were not so lucky. Still, it was an exciting day with the swollen creek and a lovely winter outing.