As we begin our trek north, our final stop in Arizona was at Buckskin Mountain State Park, scenically located between the Buckskin Mountains and the Colorado River. It’s also situated along the Parker Strip, an 18-mile stretch of land that runs between Parker Dam and Headgate Dam. The stay here was shortened due to our 10-day detour to Mexico, but it turned out to be a delightful respite with excellent views of the river and surrounding mountains, plus a special surprise.
We didn’t waste any time exploring the park, and followed a connecting trail that led to a nearby overlook. From the top we had a commanding view of the Colorado River that separates Arizona and California, and the mountains that line the river on both sides.
With the short time we had here, we decided to combine several trails to create an excellent hike – the Lightning Bolt, Buckskin, Abandoned Mines and Interruption Point trails. It added up to just over four miles, but was good enough to give us a decent workout with interesting views.
Amidst this rugged desert landscape were a few budding Beavertail Cactus, some Creosote bushes and a lone Saguaro.
We were impressed that an overpass had been built just for hikers from the campground who want to check out the interesting trails and old copper mines.
A few weeks from now these dainty wildflowers will spring up everywhere to give the copper-colored mountains some beautiful color contrasts.
But the highlight of this stop turned out to be a flight aboard the sleek Cessna Corvallis TT owned and piloted by Rod, Steve’s pilot buddy who stopped by on his way to Scottsdale from northern California.
Very nice! We go to Earp near Parker often as one of Karen’s relatives has a camp there.
Hay guys!! Great blog installment. Buckskin and surrounding area is one of our most favorite places…been there several times (we like space #13, up against the rocks.). We are back home in Silver Lake, arrived yesterday. Hope to see you again soon!
What a great post MonaLisa…beautiful hikes, wildflowers, and I love the aerial photos!
Hi guys! Glad you enjoyed Buckskin Park! It is one of our favorite parks! Loved the photos from the plane, another prospective!! We got home yesterday, the “boys” are happy to roam without least!! Safe travels !!👍
What a great bonus to get up in the air, that looks like a great plane!
As we said before, fabulous plane! Lucky dogs! Great aerial photos of the dam also. We stayed at Buckskin a few years ago and really enjoyed the park with one exception….the water tasted very bad and we ended up drinking bottled water the entire time, did you have that problem?
Wow…gorgeous plane! What a great ride!
What a fun adventure! We’ve never been to Buckskin SP — it looks beautiful from your photos. Of course, we won’t get to see it from the air, but it still looks like a good place to stay. Great hike, and I appreciate that you i.d. the wildflowers.
What a gorgeous plane! It must have been great to fly in it. Love the Beavertail cactus. It’s a real work of art. Happy weekend to you both, Mona Liza. xx 🙂
Amazing shots of the dam, something to remember for ever…
Whatta thrill! I’ve traveled by a 6-passenger train before, but not as fancy as that. You keep adding up awesome experiences one after another. So exciting!
Ooops *6-passenger plane…
Your pictures of the color in the rocks and the flowers is beautiful. This looks like a wonderful spot for nature loving. Thanks for putting it on my radar. How nice to have friends to take you to high places.
I’m always lagging behind, too … must have something to do with the camera ;-)) That’s a snazzy plane that Steve’s friend has … nice that you got a chance to go up and see the area from the air.
Great last stop in Arizona! Nice to see you had some wildflowers to brighten the trails:) Love that Beavertail bloom! How nice of Steve’s friend to stop and take you up for the sky view of the area. What terrific photos of the dam and river:) Lucky you two and such a beautiful plane.
The prickly pear and buckhorn are about to bloom…you need to come back. I used to (70’s) get rides from my dads friend in a Cessna…so cool. Headed up to that area the first of April for a few days.
What a thrilling experience! I have fond memories of that area from many years ago. We often brought our speedboat to the Parker area for some sun and waterskiing. Great times!
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