Friday March 7, 2014
After a day of laundry and other chores we were ready for some more adventure. After breakfast, Jeff packed a lunch in our cooler, and we jumped into the car (well maybe moseyed) and headed out to Ramsey Canyon about 22 miles south of where we are in Huachuca City, AZ.
The weather today called for clear skies and temperatures in the 70s
The Visitor Center- Ramsey Canyon
Ramsey Canyon is a nature preserve owned and operated by the NatureConservancy. The canyon was named for Gardner Ramsey, a settler that came here in the 1800s and hand built a 2-1/2 mile road into the canyon. In it's hey-days the area was host to the Hamburg Mine where miners searched for gold, silver, lead, copper and zinc. After the mines played out the area was still the home to at least a dozen families.
In 1963 Ramsey Canyon was became the first site to be designated a National Natural Landmark by the National Park Service. In 1974, 280 acres of Ramsey Canyon were bequeathed to the Nature Conservancy by The Bledsoe family to operate as a preserve.
Joan and I had our lunch in the parking lot under a large shade tree before we started our hike up the canyon trail.
The trail has two sections, the first is a fairly gently rising trail to Bledsoe loop, with a second section, the Hamburg Trail, branching out from there going very steeply up to the overlook.
The one mile trail kept giving us a glimpse out of the canyon and down into the town of Sierra Vista below.
Luckily for us the trail down was a lot easier! This is a beautiful counterpoint to the more arid landscape of the lower valley.
We have been working on getting our taxes done and this was just the reprieve we needed.
Your Traveling Friends
Jeff and Joan