Created by prehistoric Amerindians, they have survived eons of sun and weather, and are clearly visible today.
King Canyon is a major watershed on the western flank of the Tucson Mountains. The high canyon walls protect the canyon floor from the hot desert sun for much of the day, allowing ferns (and other plants you might not expect to see in the desert) to flourish here.
In my mind's eye, I can see Indians planting corn in protected areas of the canyon.
King Canyon is home to the petroglyphs you see here. It's an easy one-mile hike from the parking lot to the petroglyph location, with a comfortable gain in elevation of about 280 feet, and the trail is well-maintained. Bring some water and sun protection.
Arizona Sonora Desert Museum
If you're a visitor from out of town, plan to spend time just across the road at the Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum. It's a gem of a place, one of the ten best zoos in the world.
And if you visit, give me a call. I love to meet new friends.
I'm Mike in Tucson, your preferred Tucson Mortgage Lender.
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