You’ll find visiting Flagstaff that you’ll be surrounded by mountains, desert and ponderosa pines and known for its San Francisco Peaks, Humphreys Peak (Arizona’s tallest mountain at 12,633 feet in elevation) and the Arizona Snowbowl ski resort. Those are the more popular aspects of Flagstaff but we found this gem of a hike within the Coconino National Forest – Red Mountain Trail (GPS).
Located only a few minutes north of the Laughlin Strip, there were 9 miles of Colorado River front to choose from… a variety of walks and hikes, fishing spots, shaded picnic areas and a day-use park with Davis Dam as its backdrop. We choose to take the Heritage Trails Loop then continue on to Davis Dam Trail that splits the dam and Lake Mohave… 5.25 miles roundtrip.
We’ve read about the Grapevine Petroglphys and wanted to explore them on this cool, partly sunny day. The drive was only ~40min (~27mi) from home. A few hours to get some fresh air while practicing social distancing… plus, taking our hand sanitizer with us.
It was 100°F+ weather, at home. We decided to have a shady, summer escape to cooler weather amongst the granite rock formations and in elevations of 6,000 to 8,400 ft in the Haulapai Mountains. With 10 miles and 2,300 acres of hiking trails, plus 14 trails to choose from, we hopped onto the Potato Patch Loop Trail.
Our 3rd visit to Belize. Our choice of port excursions were to visit the Mayan Ruins of Altun Ha (back in Mar.13, 2014) and to Snorkel with Nurse Sharks and Rays (more recently Oct. 4, 2018). This time around, our party of 4 go cave tubing at Nohoch Che’en – a national park throughout which the Caves Branch River runs with the added bonus of a zipline adventure. We will be tubing an area carved out of the limestone foothills of the Maya Mountains and where the river exits an underground cavern. Let’s go!
Are you an active traveler? At only about 1-mile up, Koko Crater (aka Koko Head) has been dubbed “Nature’s StairMaster.” Does that sound intimidating? How about climbing 1,048 steps?