What a glorious time of year to be outside in Arizona! After an unusual year-to-date with snow and sub-freezing temperatures, even high 60s felt good last week for our ATV ride with friends from Mountain View RV Park. We stayed there in February of 2011 and enjoyed riding with their group last year. Apache ATV Tours provides the equipment and the tour leader, so all we had to do was pay our share and ride along. Last year’s trip was along the Mexican border but this year we rode up into the mountains near Sonoita.
The first sign down the road, which we found before everyone else arrived, didn’t exactly inspire confidence! Fortunately, this guy is the most suspicious we say all day.
The first stop was at the entrance to Kentucky Camp, a stop on the Arizona Trail. It is more than 800 miles long and stretches from Mexico to Utah. It is used by dayhikers, backpackers, horse riders, mountain bikers, trail runners, nature lovers, cross-country skiers, snowshoers, and mule and llama packers. It sounds like a spring project for a much younger person than I!
The next stop was Tower Hill, rather obviously named.
The view from Tower Hill was spectacular. The turquoise lake is at the Pima Mine. Farther north is a glimpse of Tucson.
In Arizona, ATVs are licensed for road use as motorcyles and are permitted to ride on roads that cross private property as long as you stay on the road. I understand that you are even allowed to open gates to enter, as long as you close them behind you. We didn’t encounter any closed gates in our way that day, just pretty terrain and a few cows.