We took a ride over to the Coronado National Forest – Mt. Wrightson Wilderness area to hike part of the Arizona National Scenic Trail. The Arizona Trail encompasses 800 miles of non-motorized pathways stretching from the Mexico border north to Utah. Since we have a great view of the Mt. Wrightson Wilderness area mountain peaks from our camping spot, it was fun to hike along a trail that crisscrosses through that landscape.
The terrain is so much different than the high-desert grassland. We walked within the foothills of the mountain peaks through oak-pinyon-juniper forests interspersed with Mexican Manzanita – a beauty of a plant! The reddish-brown bark of the branches against the bright green leaves and red berries is a sight to behold. I love this plant. It was refreshing to immerse ourselves in a completely different ecosystem for a day – and so close to us!