Birding Trail Vista

Birding Trail Vista

Our post-Thanksgiving trip took us to the Catalina State Park for another outing with our Via 25T motor home. After setting up camp, we connected with the Bridle Trail, a flat, easy trail that terminated at the Trailhead parking lot a little more than a mile from our campsite. From there we crossed a wash and joined the one mile Birding Trail which loops up and down the foothills allowing us to experience the following three bird habitats: desert scrub, mesquite bosque, and riparian vegetation.

Romero Ruins

Romero Ruins

On Saturday morning we explored the .75 mile Romero Ruin Interpretative Trail. For nearly 800 years this area was home to Hohokam people. According to archaeologists, around 1190 the Hohokam built a wall around their village atop this ridge. In more recent time, the mid-1800s, a Mexican rancher Francisco Romero  built a house on the ridge and lived here for a short period of time but left because of encounters with Apaches.

50-Year Trail Vista

50-Year Trail Vista

Saturday afternoon we hiked about 2.5 mile on the 50-Year Trail. The trail starts at the Equestrian Center. We returned around at the park boundary gate. This trail is probably rated as moderate because of the loose rocks in some places. The trail follows a ridge with views of development in the west and the mountains to the east.

On Sunday, we hiked the Bridle Trail to the Trailhead parking lot where we took the Nature Trail. We had hiked this particular trail on two previous visits to the park. Our return trip to Phoenix was on Highway 77, Oracle Road to Florence before crossing over to Highway 10 for the final leg. Another interesting adventure and learning experience with our motor home.

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