Arizona is such an incredibly diverse and special place. We get many visitors to our paradise home that are flabbergasted by the fact that there is more here than howling, desolate desert, cattle skulls, and dirt roads. We do have those things, but they serve only as the backdrop for our state’s limitless beauty and wonder.
Sycamore Canyon is one of those places. This 20-mile long gash in the Earth leads off the Colorado Plateau into the Verde Valley near Sedona, a testament to the geologic processes that have shaped the area like an artists brush. Pictured here are 500-foot sheer walls of basalt, rock born of lava flowing over the surface. Subterranean cave collapse gave flowing water the ability to carve this wonder into the landscape, and the rest is history.
Although the falls were not running this time (water flowing above ground is fleeting in the southwest), the scenes here are simply gorgeous. Rolling pine forests, towering 200 year-old sycamore trees, hooting owls, bellowing frogs, and peace. This is but a small portion of the canyon, which remains one of the most rugged wildernesses in the lower 48. #firefoodadventure https://instagr.am/p/CADbeCSJ8jo/