Rinconada Flower Walk, June 18, 2014


Just a quarter-mile past the east end of Rinconada is an obscure turnout on the south side of the road. From there, a trail (formerly a jeep track) climbs gradually uphill towards and to the divide between Rinconada and Dixon. This trail parallels the highly-eroded drainage I call Rinconada Canyon (here is the link to my Flickr collection of photos of that canyon: http://www.flickr.com/photos/stevenrichardmiller/13904154857/in/set-72157644524360433). One can look directly down into the canyon along this walk. About half-way to the divide one encounters a stock tank that is supplied by a trickling spring, and has goldfish living in it. Approach this stock tank carefully, because it is surrounded by poison ivy! One also sees, to the south, the top of the formation we call the Chimney, which dominates the east end of Rinconada Canyon. From the divide, one can see Dixon a mile or so away, and also follow the ridge line back to the backside of the Chimney. The walk is not over a mile one way, and provides great views on all sides, along with a variety of flowering cactus and flowers at this time of the year (early June). Lots of color!

Cholla

Cholla

Cholla

Cholla

Grass and juniper

Grass and juniper

Maravilla, or Wild Four O'clock

Maravilla, or Wild Four O’clock

Pincushion cactus

Pincushion cactus

Pricklypear

Pricklypear

Pricklypear

Pricklypear

Basalt boulder and view of Rinconada and the Rio Grande

Basalt boulder and view of Rinconada and the Rio Grande

Russian olives and view of Rinconada and the Rio Grandde

Russian olives and view of Rinconada and the Rio Grande

Stock tank, with poison ivy, asparagus and goldfish

Spring-fed stock tank, with poison ivy, asparagus and goldfish

Stock tank, with poison ivy, asparagus and goldfish

Spring-fed stock tank, with poison ivy, asparagus and goldfish

Russian olive and the top of the Chimney

Russian olive and the top of the Chimney

About believesteve

I am a photographer and have published a book of photography and accompanying text on running the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. The first (print) edition is out of print, but a second edition is available as an iBook (eBook) through the iTunes bookstore. All Grand Canyon, river and nature lovers will enjoy my book: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-grand/id672492447?ls=1
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