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Unique Architecture: Ez-Kim-In-Zin Picnic Area In Tucson's Saguaro National Park West

Not your average picnic area:  Saguaro National Park West, Tucson, AZ

Places of interest in Saguaro National Park West, Tucson, AZ Ez-Kim-In-Zin Picnic Area in Tucson's Saguaro National Park West is the most remote in the park...  and it's an easy drive from anywhere in Tucson.

This lovely rock structure is easily the most unique (and beautiful) picnic spot I've seen anywhere in the southwest.

Check this out:

  • Unparalleled views of Wasson and Amole peaks, in the Tucson Mountains.
  • Magnificent evening sunsets surrounded by a forest of Giant Saguaros.
  • 1,000 year old petroglyphs at the nearby Signal Hill Picnic Area
  • Children-friendly, the picnic area has bathrooms!
  • Quiet and peaceful.  Tucson is on the other side of the mountains.
  • Hiking trails created by the CCC nearly 100 years ago - some with hand-carved granite steps (Hugh Norris trail)
  • Friendly Active Rain Ambassador for Arizona would love to be your guide.  (That would be me.  Call in advance.)


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Comment balloon 29 commentsMike Jones • September 25 2009 09:39AM


Mike another nice view of what your little corenr of the globe looks like.  Thanks for offering to take us on a tour it sounds like fun.

Posted by Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes (Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield) over 11 years ago


Thanks for being the first to comment.  You'd love it out here.  I hope to see you soon.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 11 years ago

Hi Mike: Looks like a local hot spot!  Well er uh it's local and I'll bet it's hot!


Posted by Matt Listro, Your Credit Repair Expert (National Credit Fixers - Matt Listro) over 11 years ago

Now, what I want to know is what mysterious force or ancient culture created or constructed this structure. 

Is it the result of wind and a few rain drops, sand storms, etc.?  Or, was it left to us by some decentants of a Neolithic people of past?

So many questions.


Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) over 11 years ago


It's a wonderful time of year right now.  The summer heat is gone, it's in the 60's at night, and the 80's or low 90's during the day.  You'd love it.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 11 years ago

Hi Mike~ Now that is a very unique piece of architecture.  Even more unusual for a place to picnic! 

Posted by Vickie McCartney, Broker, Real Estate Agent Owensboro KY (Maverick Realty) over 11 years ago

Mike - This looks like a lovely, serene setting and a fabulous place to have a picnic. Your temperatures sound ideal, too.

Posted by Karen Cooper, Helping Homeowners w/Home Loans in 27 US States (Karen Cooper | Sr Retail Loan Originator ! NMLS # 223305 | 360 Mortgage Group LLC Austin Texas) over 11 years ago

Mike, how cool is that!  Looks like a great place for a picnic on an afternoon hike!  If we're ever in your area, we're gonna need your tour guide services!

Posted by Bob Haywood, BobHaywood.com (McGraw Realtors) over 11 years ago

Hello Mike, we love venturing out to scenic picnic spots and take the time to enjoy the natural beauty that is all around us, and especially at this spot.  Thanks!  John

Posted by Alexander- Slocum, Realty Team- Vancouver WA Real Estate (Premiere Property Group, LLC - Vancouver Washington) over 11 years ago

Mike - you really make me want to visit your neck of the woods!  Looks like an amazing place!

Posted by Emily Lowe, Nashville TN Realtor (The Lipman Group | Sotheby's International Realty) over 11 years ago

Mike, That is absolutely breathtaking!  I'd never seen or heard of it and I'm so glad you posted about it.

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) over 11 years ago

It looks like a great fixer upper. As Igor said in Young Frankenstein, a little paint, some plants, a few throw pillows.....

Posted by Joe Pryor, REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties (The Virtual Real Estate Team) over 11 years ago

Wow, Mike!  That looks like a perfect spot for a little respite!  >>>off to stuff another $20 in the Tuscon Trip jar >>>>

Posted by Carol Smith (Casmi Photography) over 11 years ago

I just love your picture.. you make me want to take the first plan over there. It does make you wonder about all that God had created for us to enjoy. It leaves you speechless.

Posted by Donna Paul, Long Island Home Specialist,All About Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty Gold Coast) over 11 years ago

Well that is the most unusual name I've heard of for a park...what is the story behind the name?

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) over 11 years ago

Mike - I always look forward to your photos; this is truly a unique structure.  One of these days I have to head that way.

Posted by Jennifer Fivelsdal, Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection ( JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571) over 11 years ago


Thanks for saying so; that's much appreciated!


I don't know...  but I'll bet Google does.  I'll find out.


I'm glad you like it!


That little jar will be filling up pretty soon!


Some criss-cross curtains in the windows...  LOL


Southwest flies out here pretty cheap...


Well?  Come on!


You're going to love it here!


I'm ready, willing and able.


This is the time of year we like best.


It certainly is!

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 11 years ago

Great pic and now it has cooled down a bit, time for a picnic! Thanks

Posted by Joeann Fossland, Master Certified Coach to Motivated Agents (Advantage Solutions Group) over 11 years ago

This is the time to be in the desert I'm such a wimp when it get too much over 90. Another great photo.

Posted by Terry & Bonnie Westbrook, Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re (Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner) over 11 years ago

Great photo and the map is terrific as well --  good job as always -- all the best.

Posted by Bob & Carolin Benjamin, East Phoenix Arizona Homes (Benjamin Realty LLC) over 11 years ago


Making the map was fun.  Thanks for stopping by to comment.


Get it together!  LOL


What a GREAT new logo!  It's good to see you.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 11 years ago

Mike - you know THE best places in Tucson.  I've lived here a lot of years and yet I learn something new from you all the time.  Great place!

Posted by Jane Penttinen, NMLS #222178 (V.I.P. Mortgage ) over 11 years ago

Mike, what beautiful photos. You are truly blessed to have such a beautiful and unspoiled area right in your backyard.


Thank you so much for sharing.



Posted by michelle king over 11 years ago

Mike - What a stunning piece of architecture and what a pleasure it would be to have you as the guide to tour the surrounding area.

Posted by Julie Dumaine-Russell (RE/MAX Alliance) over 11 years ago

Mike, the map LOOKS like fun. How'd you create it? Special program? Or just technological mastery?

Posted by Sherry Siegel, Managing Broker, EcoBroker, ABR (BrokersGroup, serving Sequim and Port Angeles) over 11 years ago

Mike I do believe I missed this structure when I used to visit the park.  Great find a beautiful shot.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 11 years ago

When I first looked at the picture, I thought it was a historic but crumbling rock house.

Posted by Jim Frimmer, Realtor & CDPE, Mission Valley specialist (HomeSmart Realty West) over 11 years ago

Hi Mike, I loved your map with the pictures and the arrows to where they were on the map.  Is is hard to do that?

Posted by Liz Flint, Houston\Tomball Realtor (832)816-8066 (Century 21 Hardee-Team Realty) almost 11 years ago


It's not hard to make maps like this if you have Microsoft Powerpoint.  Using PP, create the map with the photos and arrows, etc.  Then take a screenshot of your work, and voila!  You've got it!


Crumbling, it's not.  Isn't that a cool little retreat?!


You'll just have to come back and visit again.


See my comment above on how to create a map like this.


The offer is genuine.  Come on out!


No doubt about it.  I am blessed.


Thanks for saying so!  See you on your blog, or around the office.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) almost 11 years ago

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