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HooDoos Guard the Catalina Highway Between Tucson and Summerhaven

HooDoos conversing along the highway to Summerhaven: Mike in Tucson, AZ mortgage lender

~ HooDoos Conversing ~

Outlanders have no idea of the beauty to be found in and around the city of Tucson, Arizona.  National TV is partly to blame.  The weatherman shows a map of the United States, and points to the desert southwest painted red on the map, while Chicago is green.  "Be glad we live in Chicago!  It's 105 in Tucson today!"  Here along the road to Summerhaven, the temperature will be 20 degrees cooler, and when you get to the top, you might as well be in southern Canada!

The Catalina Highway begins on the desert floor, and wends its way 26 miles through some of the most magnificent scenery and geology to be found anywhere in the United States.  It's a great drive for motorcycle enthusiasts.

This pullout in a four mile stretch peopled with 'hoodoos' is one of my favorite.  Don't these two put you in awe?  I imagine them conversing about the human ants running up and down the highway.  They were right there when the dominant society in these parts was Apache.  Pretty cool, I think.


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Comment balloon 24 commentsMike Jones • October 05 2011 12:48AM


Mike, how cool is that!!!

Hey, thanks for the anniversary brownies - they were awesome.   I still have your sendoutcards website in my favorites!!!!

Posted by Juli Vosmik, Scottsdale/Cave Creek, AZ real estate 480-710-0739 (Dominion Fine Properties) over 9 years ago

Yes I do think this is cool.  Thank you for the info.

Posted by Tim Lorenz, 949 874-2247 (TIM LORENZ - Elite Home Sales Team) over 9 years ago

Mike: great picture. I had the pleasure of spending an afternoon on Mt. Lemmon recently. it was beautiful. I hadn't been there since the fire. I had seen it from below while it burned but had no idea how devastating it was. Still an awesome place and an awesome drive. Thanks for sharing!

Posted by Allen Henderson over 9 years ago


As in Yellowstone, there's life after the fire...  Thanks for commenting!


Thanks for stopping by.


You're most welcome!  Thanks for being the first to comment.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 9 years ago

Great photo and a smart observation about our tendency to think the snapshot is the same as the real thing. Tucson is a lot more than a temperature map on a weather broadcast.

Posted by Dave Roberts (Healdsburg Sotheby's International Realty) over 9 years ago

Mike, Took me a minute to retrieve the term Hoodoo from the back of the brain!  Great shot, I've always loved driving around Arizona when business or vacation has brought me down there.  Bill

Posted by Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton) (RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com) over 9 years ago

Mike, that is a great shot! I love those hoodoo's, now I have to go and Google the origins of the name, LOL.

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) over 9 years ago

Interesting perspective there, Mike, Chicago will be headed to Tucson in January :)

Posted by Teral McDowell (Referral Patners LLC) over 9 years ago


We'll keep the light on for them...


Me too.  Funny that I didn't think of that; I feel a blog coming...


Call me next time you're in town!


Yes it is!  Thanks for stopping by to comment.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 9 years ago

Mike, this is beautiful and yes I find the hoodoos very unique and intriguing! Are there many of them? I had no idea about the temp difference! Stupid ole weather man! Looks like a great place to be!

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) over 9 years ago

Back when I was a kidd, they used to have names for some of them.  Names people probably would not recognize... like Punch and Judy...   

Posted by Doreen McPherson, Phoenix Arizona Real Estate ~ (Homesmart ~ Scottsdale ~ Tempe) over 9 years ago

WOW Mike, that is really cool!!!

Posted by Michael and Cheron Lange, Associate Broker, GRI (Solutions Real Estate) over 9 years ago

HI MIKE!  One of my all time favoriate roads to travel!  It's hard to look up all the time at the HooDoos so it's worth a stop just to take it all in!

Posted by Gabrielle Kamahele Rhind, Broker/Owner (KGC Properties LLC, Tucson Property Management & Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Mike great photo.  I never knew what a HooDoo was.  Would never have known it if I saw it.

Posted by Bonnie Vaughan, CNE SFR - Buyers/Sellers - Lackawanna & Surroundin over 9 years ago

I love HooDoos, my favorites are the whole armies of them, like prehistoric giants frozen in time.

Posted by Marge Piwowarski, Phoenix AZ Horse Property, LLC (Phoenix AZ Horse Property) over 9 years ago


The Catalina Highway doesn't have armies of them, but it has many more than my little photo would represent.  Perhaps companies of them...


Thanks for showing up!  Come back soon.


Amen to that!

Michael & Cheron,

It is pretty cool, isn't it?


I remember Punch & Judy, and I'll bet I'm not the only Rainer to do so...


Plan a visit one of these days!

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 9 years ago

I am not sure which is more beautiful, the unusual stone formations or the bright blue sky.....

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) over 9 years ago


The cool thing is that you don't have to choose!  :)

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 9 years ago

Beautiful shot Mike - interesting name!

Posted by Debbie Walsh, Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036 (Shahar Management) over 9 years ago

Hope you had your closing.  I enjoyed lunch so much.  It was super nice to meet you in person.  And your recommendation of Beyond Bread was totally perfect.  I really wish they would franchise.  (or you could just suggest their next location be in Milledgeville, GA)

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) over 9 years ago

Hi Mike,

Who do's

And who doesn't?

That is the question they are discussing...

Quite the interesting formation!


Posted by Phil Leng, Phil Leng - Retired (Retired) about 9 years ago

Hi Mike, Great photo and an educational piece for me since I never heard of the term hoodoo before.  A great name.  According to Wikipedia these formations can also be called a "fairy chimney", another interesting name.  Thank you.

All the best to you in 2012!


Posted by Gloria Todor, & Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services) about 9 years ago

Me again Mike....these hoodoos might be recounting the ditty from The Bachelor and The Bobby-socker...off by the first letter of course.  :)


Posted by Gloria Todor, & Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services) about 9 years ago


I hadn't seen that movie, and the clip made me laugh.  Thanks!!

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) about 9 years ago

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