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Speechless Sunday: Red Rock Canyon Near The Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum

Red rock canyon in Tucson Mountain Park

Sedona's not the only place in Arizona with red rocks.  This little canyon is hidden away in a wash next to the Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum.  I could hear tourists talking in the parking lot above me, but they couldn't see me, and had no idea of the beautiful canyon below them.  The setting sun lit up the saguaros above.


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Comment balloon 26 commentsMike Jones • January 31 2010 04:44AM


Mike, Nice colors. Quite a contrast to the black and white of our area...

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) almost 11 years ago

Mike - That looks awesome.  It's hard to believe that someone visiting the museum could miss such a beautiful site.  How long is that canyon?

Posted by Bob Murphy (Keller Williams Realty Consultants) almost 11 years ago


I think it's maybe two hundred yards long, but the Desert Museum's parking lot is high enough above it, and the wash is narrow enough, that you can't see it from the parking lot.


The weather channel says that you got snow this weekend.  Stay warm and work on your database.  Or plan a visit to Tucson!

Mike in Tucson

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


I love the picture it's so beautiful and unique !

I had to re-blog it to show it to my readers.


Posted by Eva Erdmann, interior decorator (Lion International Inc.) almost 11 years ago


Thanks for the reblog!

Mike in Tucson

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

Good morning Mike,

You really captured the beautiful colors of your area. The red rocks are gorgeous!

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899) almost 11 years ago

Great shot Mike!

We only need to look to find the beauty around us.


Posted by William J. Archambault, Jr. (The Real Estate Investment Institute ) almost 11 years ago

WoW, Mike! I've rarely seen such incredible beauty as I've seen in your photos....the colours are amazing.


Posted by Jo-Anne Smith almost 11 years ago

Mike you always seem to catch the perfect lighting. Just gorgeous warm colors and very cool subject manner (I still collect rocks).

Posted by Cynthia Bartch almost 11 years ago

Mike, love the photo and the red rocks.  Reminds me of Colorado's.

Posted by Lora "Leah" Stern 914-772-4528, Real Estate Salesperson (Coldwell Banker, 170 N Main Street, New City NY 10956) almost 11 years ago

That's gorgeous. What camera do you use?

Posted by Debi Braulik, Selling Maple Valley to Fife WA Homes For Sale (www.roundrealestate.com) almost 11 years ago

You have some of the best scenery in the world and so willing to share it with us.

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


It's my pleasure to do that!


Panasonic Lumix w/10X optical zoom, Leica lens.  $240 or so at Costco.


...and Colorado means "red" in Spanish.  Thanks for commenting!


You're a rockhound?  Have you ever blogged about that?


This same canyon has another wall that's a deep yellow/brown.  I'm hiking later this week with a geologist friend because he wants to see it.


It's there if we look for it, isn't it?


Thanks for stopping to comment!

Mike in Tucson

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

We were in Sedona many years back and I still remember the Red rock beautiful Thanks for the reminder.

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

I think the man behind the camera makes the difference! 

Posted by 1~Judi Barrett, BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK (Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745) almost 11 years ago

Oh my!  How beautiful this photo is!  Thanks so much for sharing.

Posted by Robert and Lisa Hammerstein -201-315-8618, Bergen County NJ Real Estate (Christie's International Real Estate ) almost 11 years ago

Magnificent colors.  One could certainly not confuse this with any other state in the U.S.

Posted by Jane Peters, Los Angeles real estate concierge services (Home Jane Realty) almost 11 years ago


That's a beautiful photo and it belongs in a frame.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) almost 11 years ago


Email me your mailing address (snail mail) and I'll send it to you.  I appreciate your readership!


I love the canyons and rock faces; they're endlessly fascinating.

Lisa & Robert,

You're welcome!


You're so kind; thank you!

Terry & Bonnie,

Sedona is magnificent!  Come back to Arizona soon.

Mike in Tucson

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

Thanks for the photo! Another place to put on my list to visit!

Posted by Ann Heitland, Retired from Flagstaff Real Estate Sales (Retired from RE/MAX Peak Properties) almost 11 years ago

That's really pretty.  Funny how it's hidden right there in the parking lot.  Probably best that way, too many feet would tear it up. 

Posted by Doreen McPherson, Phoenix Arizona Real Estate ~ (Homesmart ~ Scottsdale ~ Tempe) almost 11 years ago

Once again....I'm wishing!

Posted by Joan Mirantz, Realtor, GRI, CBR, SRES - Concord New Hampshire (Homequest Real Estate) almost 11 years ago


Southwest Airlines can make your wishes come true.  So can American, Delta, and US Airways.


When it rains, the watershed of dozens of square miles funnels through this narrow canyon.  The rocks are worn smooth at the bends in the meandering wash.


Don't wait for summer!  LOL

Mike in Tucson

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

As a potter, I have to ask does red rock also mean that there is great red clay in those hills for pottery?????

Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) almost 11 years ago

Mike, the red rock is so beautiful!.  Hope the tourists made it down where you were.

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) almost 11 years ago


I didn't see a soul down in the arroyo.  (And I like it that way...)


There's no red clay, only hard caliche.  Thanks for commenting.

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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