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Grand Canyon views never fail to impress.

The remains of Montezuma Castle, perched 90 feet up a limestone cliff, remind us of the ingenuity of ancient builders. It is believed the Sinagua people inhabited this cliff dwelling from 1100 and 1425 AD.

From a distance, Chimney Rock rises above Sedona like a…well, like a chimney. A short but steep detour from the loop trail had us scrambling up to the base of the three spires that create Chimney Rock. What a view!

Native grasses provide spring color, contrasting with the red rocks of Arizona’s Grand Canyon.

After three weeks of traveling through the Arizona Desert, I finally stumbled upon a cactus with bright spring blooms.

The magical red rocks of Sedona, Arizona tower over all who wander the trails below.

The Fairy Duster (Calliandra eriophylla) is a low spreading shrub, commonly found in the deserts and arid grasslands of the southwest.

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Saguaro cactus are so slow growing that it takes six to eight years for them to reach just one inch in height.  Arms may sprout after 70 years as they continue to grow.  These desert giants can reach a height of 50 feet at age 150.

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