Baseball season is on the horizon, and that means we’re back in Arizona for Spring Training! Case and I lived in Arizona for 2.5 months a couple of years ago when he played in the Arizona Fall League.
After a winter in Wisconsin we’re so glad to get back to warm temps, and of course, I love hiking so I’m excited to have the mountains right in my backyard again.
Today I want to tell ya’ll about a place I stumbled on to last time we lived in Arizona – Papago Park.
Papago Park is a true gem just minutes away from downtown Phoenix. It is a beautiful desert park of over 1,400 acres containing beautiful hiking and biking trails, fishing lagoons, stunning red rock formations, picnic areas, baseball and softball fields, the Phoenix Zoo, the Desert Botanical Garden and one the park’s most popular attractions – Hole in the Rock.
Hole-in-the-Rock is exactly what it sounds like – a giant red sandstone rock with a large hole in it. The hole is said to have been created by mother nature via erosion over the course of thousands of years.
In the photo below you can see the large chamber like opening on the front side of the rock, and a smaller opening on the back side of the rock. From the front view it looks like a steep climb, but there is a smooth, gradually ascending path to the large chamber behind the rock. It’s an easy and very short climb so don’t be intimated! I walked up it in my Birkenstocks and had no problem.