Cottonwood Canyon State Park

by David Robertson November. 06, 2020 204 views

After our journey through the small towns of the foothills of the Blue Mountains we arrived at Cottonwood Canyon State Park. As I said, it's the newest of the State Parks, and was once a working ranch. There are a lot of great old buildings near the campground that has campsites and cabins, but we hit the trailhead before the entrance which is quieter.

I visited this trail only once before, in early spring a few years ago. I had a little "need new underwear" moment on that trip. I was paying attention to a butterfly through my camera lens that I had been trying to capture all day, and had convinced myself it was too cold for rattlesnakes yet when I heard the buzzing sound I knew pretty well, but not normally this close. I looked down and it literally was coiled next to my boot. Why it didn't strike I will never know, I even dropped my medium format camera next to it when my upper body tried to jump away and my legs stayed put, and still it didn't bite. So jump I did, and it went off into the brush and continued to buzz, and I got lucky. My camera strap fell toward me and I recovered my camera and got out unscathed.

I did email the park service and told them that with families hiking their new trail, they might want to post a warning. They emailed me back and said they had posted a sign. So it was fun for me to see it there at the trailhead.

This time with Shelly and Bentley we didn't see a rattlesnake (although we admitted to wanting to...maybe in a more controlled way). That said, we did see lots of other wildlife. Shelly loves Bighorn Sheep, and they are a fairly rare sight. We got lucky and saw a little family of them. Honestly I didn't even know they had them there, but there they were. So here are some shots from a beautiful desert hike on a blue day.

old hand made wall from the ranch

old hand made wall from the ranch

Dad and his massive stones - we didn't want to get this guy riled.

Dad and his massive stones - we didn't want to get this guy riled.

Mom and baby

Mom and baby

How was the hike Bentley?

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