Laguna Mountains: Exploring

We’ve been hanging out in our sweet canalside camp spot for the last week enjoying the gorgeous Arizona sunshine. (Did you know that 60°F feels really cold after a week of 80°F? I’m writing this in a down vest…). Yes, that is a private dock next to the camper:

Gila River Canal Campsite

The mountains are full of quad trails and Sprocket and I have crossed over the mountains several different ways. The desert here is not lush but there are some cool rock formations to explore. Placer mining has been practiced here for almost 100 years: it’s probably that I have to thank for the tangle of roads crisscrossing the hills.

Laguna Mountains

Sprocket is in love with this place: water, dirt, and the quad.

Sprocket running with quad

Plus, we happen to be camped with people who Sprocket has taken quite a shine to. Fortunately, the feeling is mutual and he is welcomed in their camps as he makes the rounds each day.

Camp on Gila Gravity Canal

During our exploring we ambled to the top of “Laguna Summit,” a bump of 711′ in the hills:

Laguna Summit

We’ve ridden the quad to the tower in the distance and looked down onto Laguna Dam and Mittry Lake:

Laguna Mountains

Mittry Lake Wildlife Area

Mittry Lake

We even found the inlet to the longer of the Gila Gravity Dam tunnels:

Gila Gravity Canal Tunnel

Not too shabby…not at all:

F and Sprocket

1 thought on “Laguna Mountains: Exploring”

  1. I absolutely love following along on your nomad adventures and thought it was even more awesome that I totally know the area in your 4th pic from the bottom! I work for the federal govt in a program that helps mitigate for the effects damming the Colorado River has had on the environment and I’m pretty sure that pic is of a site we planted recently that we are hoping to turn into a lush riparian area! Keep up the exploring!

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