Monday, January 25, 2010

Sabino Canyon

In the eastern foothills of the Santa Catalina mountain range is Sabino Canyon.

A paved road runs 3.8 miles into the canyon, crossing Sabino Creek 9 times. The only vehicles allowed on this road are Shuttles and Park Service trucks.

So to get to the end, you either walk or ride the shuttle.
Nomadic Native Americans from the Clovis culture, about 12, 500 years ago, used the canyon to hunt and fish. Later, the Cochise, Hohokam, Pima and Tohono O'odham people made the canyon home.

Sabino creek begins 6, 000 feet above the desert floor in the pine forsets of Mt. Lemmon. It travels 10 miles through the canyon before reaching the desert, where it eventually sinks into the ground.

Today, over 1 million people visit Sabino Canyone each year to enjoy the beauty of the desert.

1 comment:

  1. What an interesting history - amazing that it it so high and then sinks down to nothing!