Desert Botanical Garden, and Montezuma Castle, Arizona

Hotel Monte Vista, Flagstaff
Hotel Monte Vista, Flagstaff

The drive from Grand Canyon to Phoenix offers a lovely panoramic view of the desert and plains of Arizona. On the way, we stopped in the nice town of Flagstaff and visited the Montezuma Castle. The Montezuma Castle is one of a number of preserved anicent dwellings in northern Arizona that offer a glimpse of how the Native Americans of the area lived (NPS). On our drive to Phoenix, we visited the Desert Botanical Garden which has a enormous collection of cactii. At the time when we visited there was also an impressive art exhibit by Chihuly.  The Botanical Garden was a must see.  Pictures are out online here.

Grand Canyon, Arizona

An important part of my roadtrip in the USA in May 2009 was to explore as many of the amazing National Parks that the US has to offer. This included a trip to the incredible Grand Canyon. In fact, I went there two times in one month. The first time I traveled there with my Catalan friend Jordi, and the next time with my dad. On both occasions we stayed for a couple of days inside the park at the South Rim (National Park Service). Staying inside the park is expensive, although extremely convenient if you want to spend most of your time as close to the Canyon as possible.

Grand Canyon
Grand Canyon

Jordi and I spent one day traversing the Bright Angel Trail which takes you down to the bottom of the Canyon. We hiked down to the Indian Garden where we turned around (wikipedia). The hike moves you quickly down and into the Canyon, and at first you are surrounded by other tourists that have come to enjoy the Canyon. However, after about and hour of hiking the density of people starts to disperse and you are suddenly in the Canyon by yourself and can enjoy the peace and quiet. The trip down the right Angel Trail is truely amazing and well worth doing. Next time I go to the Grand Canyon I would like to go to the Phantom Ranch and stay for a night before continuing on to the North Rim. The pictures from Grand Canyon can be found here.

Red Rock State Park, Sedona, Arizona

Last May I had the opportunity to go on a roadtrip in the US. The trip started and ended in Phoenix Arizona and I was on the road for one month. I will publish a special roadtrip gallery later, but I wanted to publish some pictures from one of the many amazing parks I got to see during that month on the road. These pictures are from Red Rock State Park just outside Sedona, Arizona (link). On this leg of the roadtrip I travelled with Jordi from Catalunya in Spain.

Red Rock State Park, Sedona, Arizona
Red Rock State Park, Sedona, Arizona

Liz got her paper published in Plos One today! The paper is global analysis of the effectiveness of marine protected areas in preventing coral loss (link)