San Pedro

(nr Sierra Vista AZ)
About six miles east of town was the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area with the former ranch house now serving as a gift shop and info center. Next to the house were panels explaining about the local animals and plants, and the preservation efforts to save the wetlands area along the river.

Water, trees, sandbar

San Pedro River

An easy trail took me to the San Pedro River, then followed beside it for a ways, in the cool shade of tall trees. The path eventually looped through a grassy area leading back to the house. The short hike gave a pretty good feeling for the riparian habitat.

Trees, grass, path

Riparian Loop Trail

House, trees, yard

Ranch House

At the ranch house were paths, with native plants, that took me to a log cabin under a huge 120 year old cottonwood tree. An old water tower stood nearby a picnic table shelter. The preserve was supposed to be popular for bird watchers.

Log cabin, huge tree

Cabin and Cottonwood

Tree, tower, bushes

Old Water Tower

Back in Sierra Vista, I resupplied groceries, propane, gas, and fresh water. And, also dumped the waste tanks. Then I went looking for a camp in the forest. It was nothing special; but, had a view of the mountain and served well for an overnight with internet.

Motorhome, mountain, trees, grass

Tardis at Hunter Canyon camp

Camp: Coronado NF – Hunter Canyon boondock
Scene: River, wetlands, trees, cabin

4 Responses to San Pedro

  1. gumo April 4, 2015 at 12:42 pm #

    Nice place. I’d like to drink some ice tea from inside the screen porch. Looks like a peaceful place.

    • Pleinguy April 4, 2015 at 2:01 pm #

      It was a good place to visit. The walk by the river was peaceful.

  2. Dorothy April 4, 2015 at 1:57 pm #

    As kids we used to swim in the north flowing San Pedro, had to be careful of quicksand. Must be off season for bird migration.

    • Pleinguy April 4, 2015 at 2:02 pm #

      I’m not a birder, however I’ve seen very few birds this spring.

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