In The Desert
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Arizona Strip, Toroweep Overlook
This is a really neat trip down through the Arizona Strip. Arizona Strip -- the section of land in the desert that is bordered on the north by the Utah border and bordered on the South by the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon.There are no towns and only a very few ranches in this area which is mostly all owned by the BLM. Traveling down the Strip from the Arizona border town of Colorado City it's a 63 mile journey to the Grand Canyon at the Toroweep Overlook. In the middle of the Strip there are a lot of extinct volcanoes. Nearing the Grand Canyon you run along the edge of a great valley between two mountain ranges. The one really big mountain on the west side of the valley is Mt. Trumbull and can be seen from just south of Colorado City, Arizona and Hilldale, Utah.
You can download a Garmin GPS track HERE
Although this trip could be done in a 2 wheel drive vehicle (most of the time) it is highly recommended that you do this trip with a 4 wheel drive. The last part of the trip is rocky and there are quite a few dusty areas on the main road, Co. Hwy 5, that become unbelievable mud holes in rainy weather. This is not a tourist stop, so don't expect to see many people at the overlook or on the way down. The views are definitely worth the time it takes to get there! Video and map below.
This photo was taken by Kevin and Lori, our companions on this trip. The main reason I wanted to show this here -- is because of what they took the photo with. A Motorola Droid phone! Cell phone cameras are becoming more prevalent as the camera to take with you on a trip in the desert. And I have to admit, they do a nice job. This was only slightly enhanced in our imaging program. Thanks Kevin & Lori for sharing this.
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If you've been to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon or even the North Rim then this is a trip you should consider. There are many, many side trips available here as it's been estimated that there are over 5,000 miles of off-road adventures in the Arizona Strip. We've only been on a few, but are looking forward to seeing more.
Don't miss this.