Papago Park in Arizona

The oddly shaped buttes of Papago Park are easily recognized natural landmarks within central Arizona. The park preserves a small piece of the Sonoran Desert within the urban metropolis that is Phoenix, Arizona and its suburbs. The land is shared between two cities with most of Papago Park located in southeastern Phoenix and the remaining 20 percent spilling into northern Tempe. The landscape is filled with a collection of distinctive red sandstone buttes that formed between 15 to 6 million years ago. The surface of the buttes are marked by a number of crevices and holes that formed from weathering […]

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Arizona Military Museum in Phoenix

The Arizona Military Museum is a lesser-known museum in Phoenix that many Arizona residents are unaware even exists. The museum is located just outside Papago Park within the Papago Park Military Reservation, a facility of the Arizona Army National Guard, near 52nd Street and McDowell. Papago Park nearby is known for its uniquely shaped buttes and as the location of the Phoenix Zoo and the Desert Botanical Gardens. Since the museum is located on an active military facility, the area is fenced off and visitors will need to enter through the base’s main security check point. An armed guard will […]

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Piestewa Peak in Phoenix, Arizona: Part 1, The Name Controversy

For my first series of posts about my travels and adventures, I believe the most appropriate place to begin is my home of Arizona. I first moved to the desert southwest when I was 13. Prior to Arizona, I had spent my earliest years in a Chicago suburb, so the dry climate, cactus, and often cloudless blue skies of Arizona’s Sonoran Desert were a drastic change to what I was accustomed to when my family and I first visited Phoenix. Of all the major differences that were immediately apparent, the mountains were the most pronounced. After spending my childhood among […]

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