Papago Park, Phoenix, Arizona


We haven’t spent much time on the bike here this year yet. It’s been cooler, and we got a great deal on a private car rental so we’ve been cruising in a convertible with the top down on warmer days.

1998 Sebring Convertible

1998 Sebring Convertible

We’ve also been participating in more activities in the resort, and not doing as much site seeing as last year. But, we have had a few adventures lately.

A couple of weeks ago we drove out to Papago Park, a half-hour drive north-west from here. We’d seen the big hole in the rock last year, but didn’t figure out how to get to it. This year Jim did some research and we discovered this interesting hike and beautiful park.

The walk up to the “Hole in the Rock” was an easy climb. It’s a very popular spot. It was difficult to get some of the shots we wanted without a crowd of people in them, but we managed a few dozen.

Hole in the Rock

Hole in the Rock as seen from the base.

Hole in the Rock

Looking up from the backside

Climbing up the trail

Climbing up the trail

Sun reflecting off the ceiling

Sun reflecting off the ceiling

The view from inside

The view from inside

Hole in the Rock

Oasis in Papago Park

After we left the hole, we walked up another hill to Governor Hunt’s Tomb, a National Monument in memory of the First Governor of Arizona. I found it interesting that his mother’s maiden name was Yates, the same as my mother. Maybe we are related!

Hunt Momument

Hunt Monument

From there we made our way back down to the treed oasis in the centre of the park. The late afternoon sun was perfect for snapping photos

Papago Park Oasis

Papago Park Oasis

IMG_4379 IMG_4411 IMG_4417An area of picnic tables by the pond would have been a great place to enjoy a picnic dinner. We’ll have to go back another day.

6 thoughts on “Papago Park, Phoenix, Arizona

  1. You managed to find another attractive geographical landmass and then captured its enormity by including some people in the photos — certainly helps one appreciate the size — so never shy away from including something to give us perspective. Captivating view from inside the rock unto the oasis. The beautiful Sebring sure belies its 17 years.

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