Apache Junction, AZ
Recently our son, Kevin, flew in from his home in Atlanta to share some time with us in Apache Junction. We wanted to give him a taste of the desert in Arizona so we decided to hike the near by Hieroglyphic Trail. He was only here for one night so this relatively short trail (three miles total) would be a good length for the time we had and the very warm 90 degree temps. It also has a great variety of desert plant life, with some of the plant life in bloom.
The trail ends in a rocky area with a number of petroglyphs on the rocks. Some of the petroglyphs may be historical but a few looked a little fresh to us.
Along the trail just below the petroglyphs is a large rock covered with morteros, holes in the stone caused by the grinding of grain by ancient cultures.
Alas, there do not seem to be any Crested Saguaros on this trail. But just a few miles to the east on Rte. 60 there is an interesting one right at the entrance to an RV park.
While it was brief (about 24 hours), we really enjoyed our visit with Kevin. He is an airline pilot so spending time flying to Phoenix as a passenger on a day off probably isn’t very exciting to him. But the opportunity to visit with parents like us was apparently just too much for him to pass up!