Enter Sabino canyon

The monsoon clouds threatened the landscape as I made my way over to Sabino canyon. I could sense the danger in my bones, which only heightened my early morning experience. I couldn’t see any rain coming through, so I hit the only road leading into Sabino as daylight starts to break over the horizon.

My earlier research found that one could hike up this road about seven miles or so, which seemed like a perfect amount of distance for a muggy summer day. I like to stay off the trails anyway, as the more formidable desert creatures are active closer to the dirt trails.

The river is full of rushing water, a testament to the amount of rainfall the area has received recently. I climb the road up to the first hill, and soon discover that the road has become impassable due to flooding. My seven mile hike is shortened to a mere three miles. It forces me to either turn around and go back down the same road, or to venture off into the desert on a trail.

The first trail I try to takes me into a side canyon. It is eerily quiet, so much so that a snake’s rattle would be a deafeningly loud sound if I heard it. Only silence though, which messes with my senses and after only a mile or so, I decide to turn around.

On the other side of the road I find the main trail, one that should eventually take me back to the trailhead and parking lot. More people are out now, as it is closer to mid-day. This lessens my fear of stumbling onto desert creatures and allows me to focus on the raw, primal beauty of this special canyon.

I make it back safely, and can’t wait to return to the canyon in winter time so that I can get further into Sabino canyon and explores more of its beauty and splendor.

Wench, bring my ale, what say you?

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