Coronado de Tucson
October 28, 2023
|E Spanish Trail Road to Colossal Cave Mountain Park
Colossal Cave Mountain Park (CCMP) is a beautiful open-space park rich in legends of the Old West. It was created in 1992 when Pima County purchased the final acres for the park from the Arizona State Land Department. Today, the park's purpose is to protect this large tract of scenic land (2,578 acres in the foothills of the Rincon Mountains), a cave, beautiful stone work created by the Civilian Conservation Corps and a ranch site from the 1890s. The park also offers a wide range of benefits to the community such as trails (for hiking, mountain biking and horse back riding), camping and picnicking.
At the picnic area is a bronze statue titled "The Cowboy".
It stands 6' 8" inches tall (including the base) and depicts a working cowboy from the period of the American West between the years 1865-1900. During these years, cowboys played an essential role in the ranching industry by driving cattle across open range. The inventions of barbed wire fencing, the increased privatization of land and the growth of the railroad brought an end to the cowboys' original way of life.
Artist : Buck McCain
"In Tribute To A Special Breed"
(Dress and gear are authentic reproductions.)
The spacious picnic area is well shaded...
|We have hiked three sections of the Arizona Trail that are also close to home...Sahaurita Trail, Gabe Zimmerman, and Davidson Canyon (which provides access to the Cienega Creek Natural Preserve)
A little further down a smooth dirt road we found the stables. If you feel the urge to "Cowboy Up", leisurely guided trail rides are offered that meander thru the ranch and follow the old National Mail Stagecoach route.
|30 minute trial rides up to 2 hour rides, sunset rides, and lunch rides are offered.
Remnants of days gone by are...
|Pacific Railroad Caboose and section of track
We discovered a new to us crested saguaro...
and a couple of trails of interest. Gale W Bundrick Trail focuses on the archeology and the natural biodiversity of the park including riparian areas, and Hohokam bedrock mortars.
Also, Path of the Ancestors Trail traverses pristine Sonoran Desert, a riparian and mesquite bosque habitats.
The saguaros in this north section of the park are some of the healthiest, tallest and prettiest saguaros we see. There are many hikes in this area and it doesn't matter which one we choose to enjoy, it is a "WOW" every time.
And on the way home, we stopped at the doggie park in Green Valley. It has been a really long time since she has seen grass...it's clean, huge and divided with fencing by size of the pups.
|A Northern Mockingbird.
A Male may learn around 200 different songs throughout his life.
We have seen this juvenile Cooper's hawk several times...