Southwestern Horseshoe

The Southwestern Horseshoe (SWH) is an approximately 1800 mile (2896 km) backcountry route from Arches National Park to Albuquerque. It passes through three states, five national parks and combines lengthy segments of the Hayduke, Arizona and Grand Enchantment Trails. I … Continue reading

The Wave

The Wave is one of the geological highlights of the southwestern United States. Located at Coyote Buttes near the Arizona/Utah border, it is a multi-coloured rock formation that is comprised of interconnected sandstone gullies. Situated amongst sentinel-like conical domes, the swirling strata … Continue reading

SWH – Stage 11 – Magdalena to Albuquerque (GET)

Distance:  158 miles (254.3 km) Start:  Magdalena, NM Finish:  Albuquerque, NM Time:  5 days (April 25 to 29, 2012) Daily Average:  31.6 miles (50.8 km) Total Distance:  1,782 miles (2,867.2 km) Highlights: San Lorenzo Canyon: Picturesque, colourful, sandstone canyon, dotted with … Continue reading

SWH – Stage 10 – Gila to Magdalena (GET)

Distance:  180 miles (290 km) Start:  Gila Hot Springs, NM Finish:  Magdalena, NM Time:  6 days (April 19 to 24, 2012) Daily Average: 30 miles (48.3 km) Total Distance:  1,624 miles (2,613 km) Highlights: Lightfeather Hot Springs: Beautiful riverside pools just … Continue reading

SWH – Stage 9 – Safford to Gila (GET)

Distance:  167 miles (268.8 km) Start:  Safford, AZ Finish:  Gila Hot Springs, NM Time:  6 days (April 13 to 18, 2012) Daily Average:  27.8 miles (44.7 km) Total Distance:  1,444 miles (2,323.4 km) Highlights: “Tunnel”/Eagle Creek Hot Springs: Located about … Continue reading

SWH – Stage 8 – Superior to Safford (GET)

Distance:  161 miles (259.1 km) Start:  Superior, AZ Finish:  Safford, AZ Time:  6 days (April 7 to 12, 2012) Daily Average:  26.8 miles (43.1 km) Total Distance:  1277 miles (2054.7 km) Highlights: Aravaipa Canyon: An oasis of willows and alders, … Continue reading

SWH – Stage 7 – Pine to Superior (AZT/GET)

Distance:  165 miles (265.5 km) Start:  Pine, AZ Finish:  Superior, AZ Time:  6 days (April 1 to 6, 2012) Daily Average:  27.5 miles (44.2 km) Total Distance:  1116 miles (1795.6 km) Highlights: Mazatzal Mountains: Despite some burnt out stretches, I loved … Continue reading