February 22, 2014
This past Saturday, after our 2 mile walk at the East Wetlands Park with Ronnie and Carol, the four of us headed west on Interstate 8. We took exit 159 on Ogilby Road in search of Indian Pass Road.
|Right turn onto Indian Pass Road...|
The graded dirt road crosses a broad, open region and heads toward a tall rock outcrop on the horizon...Picacho State Recreation Area in the Chocolate Mountains.
We passed strands of ocotillo, cholla cactus and prickly pear...already blooming.
We all noticed a difference in scenery from our last ride thru the Cargo Muchachas...this trail was lined with yellow wildflowers and the trees were much greener.
At about 9 miles in, you come to a gap in the road known as Indian Pass. Its about 1,040 feet above sea level...just enough elevation to make your ears need a pop.
What a nice view!
For the next 6 miles or so we enjoyed the view looking up as we traversed thru the wash. Indian Pass Wilderness on the left and Picacho Peak Wilderness on the right.
|A $5 fee per vehicle is required.|
For the next 8 miles, we enjoyed a beautiful drive along the Colorado River. Spectacular views with lots of "WOW" moments.
which took us right back to exit 172 on Interstate 8, the exit to Cocopah RV Resort! A perfect loop!
|We passed this group or Jeeps on our way home.|
Gold was discovered in the rock surrounding Picacho Peak and by 1890 a large scale gold mine operation was booming.
We had a wonderful day...
Until next time...
Up next...a dang good work-out!
Love the blooming cactus! What a great loop that must have been. The Colorado River is such a contrast to the rest of the scenery in that area.ReplyDelete
It was...for sure...the prettiest ride we have had in a very long time!Delete
Gorgeous scenery, especially with everything greening up & coming into bloom.ReplyDelete
It was really pretty Gayle....especially with the Colordo River as a backdrop on the last few miles!Delete
Definitely Pinning this trail! You are right about the views...magnificent! Thanks so much for taking us along.ReplyDelete
You are so welcome Pam.....highly recommend this ride when you are in the area!Delete
We are hoping to spot some blooming cactus soon too.ReplyDelete
Thanks for the tour.
Aren't they just beautiful George? We saw lots of them!Delete
I like your closing shot. Is a jeep necessary for that drive?ReplyDelete
Hi Judy....Joe says a Jeep isn't necessary but 4 wheel drive is...he wouldn't do it without it. There was one section that high clearance was needed, but you can by-pass it and go a different way.Delete
The closing shot was an afterthought to add...glad you
Ike it! Thanks.....
You all are just having too much fun....great pictures. --DaveReplyDelete
You are right Dave...we sure feel thankful for each day!Delete
We are enjoying our balmy beach scenes but must admit that after 25 years in the southwest I am a bit of a desert rat and sure do miss her! Your photos are fabulous! Thanks for giving us a suggestion for a future trip. :)ReplyDelete
Thanks LuAnn.....the weather has been perfect this winter in Arizona! We are loving it.....Delete
I had many "Wow" moments enjoying your beautiful pictures!ReplyDelete
Hi Robbye...it's good to hear from you. Hope you and Tom are doing great!Delete
What a pleasant surprise Yuma has been. The weather has been wonderful! We have been so busy and enjoyed every minute!
I have been on camera overload....thanks for the compliment!
These photos are stunning! It looks like a peaceful place.ReplyDelete
I love seeing signs of springtime in the desert. The view with the multiple layers of colors in the mountains is breathtaking.ReplyDelete
We just heard to day that this has been the warmest winter on record in Yuma...I was surprised to see the blooms so early. We had a such a fun time Pam!Delete
Gorgeous photos! Can't get over how green the desert is! What a fun drive--thank you for taking us along!ReplyDelete
Hello Dawn and welcome to good-times-rollin! The desert is especially pretty this year!Delete
Beautiful and great photos as usual. You guys are having too much fun on your jeep! I missed the desert...ReplyDelete
Thanks MonaLiza...the desert has been especially pretty this year. Also, the folks around here say this has been the nicest February in Yuma in many years. We got lucky and picked a good time to visit!Delete
Next time stop and say "Hi", we was in the group of Jeeps you passed.ReplyDelete
Great looking group of Jeeple you passed there.ReplyDelete
Well done write up and great photos. I enjoyed reliving past moments of years gone by.ReplyDelete