Times Spent Outdoors: Priceless!

Two Great Winter Hikes (Walks)

If you are looking for easy hikes with great scenery close to Phoenix, I've got a couple for you. Both of these are easy enough for very small children and older folks, but one has a waterfall (sometimes!), and one has a flowing river. Both have entry fees, but they are small.

The Hassayampa River is a hundred miles long, but for most of that distance it runs underground. At the Hassayampa River Preserve near Wickenburg, however, the water comes to the surface and runs crystal clear over the sand. The glorious riparian area here is full of cottonwood-willow forest that is home to some of Arizona's most amazing animals.

Nature Conservancy Preserves

According to the Nature Conservancy, 90 percent of these Sonoran Desert riparian areas have been lost, damaged, or degraded. These areas are incredibly beautiful, so it's wonderful that the Nature Conservancy is protecting as many of them as they can. If you would like to help, you can become a member of the Conservancy and learn more about their mission at nature.org. Members get in for half price, as well.

We have been to several of the Nature Conservancy Preserves here in A


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