Saturday, March 20, 2010

Snow melt overtakes bridges at Sabino Canyon!

Yesterday, when I walked the main road at Sabino Canyon, which is part of the Coronado National Forest, I encountered ankle deep water at each of the nine stone bridges that cross Sabino Creek. This road ascends from 2,800 to 3,300 feet and is fairly easy, being all paved, plus there are no vehicles, except for the occasional tram that travels by every 30 minutes. It is a favorite hike for visitors of all ages, even mothers and fathers with strollers.

Sabino Canyon attracts over one million visitors a year, however the canyon has been a favorite of Tucsonians for years dating all the way back to the late 19th century when visitors would arrive on horseback. Much of the development in the canyon occurred during the 1930's under the WPA and Civilian Conservation Corps. This is when the road was laid out, the nine stone bridges built, and the many picnic areas and retaining walls.

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