To The Desert

Cold Splinters is headed to the southeast in a few weeks, flying into Tucson, AZ and spending a week or so camping en route to sunny Los Angeles, CA. If anyone out there has some secret spots and recommendations, please do let us know.

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11 Responses to To The Desert

  1. Forrest December 3, 2012 at 10:11 am #

    It’s no secret, but if you haven’t explored the various caves (best at night) in and around Joshua Tree National Park, I would highly suggest it. There are two notable cave systems that I have frequented, one in the Indian Cove area, and another called the Chasm of Doom in Real Hidden Valley. If you don’t know how to find them, ask some of the climbers who will surely be there and they might give you a midnight tour.

  2. HJA December 3, 2012 at 11:56 am #

    Head an hour or so south of Tucson to Sonoita/Patagonia, in the middle of the Coronado NF. Grab some morning Joe at Gathering Grounds in “downtown” Patagonia, and then drive out Harshaw Road onto San Rafael Valley Road, and into the San Rafael Valley.

    If you do swing by/through J Tree, grab dinner and tunes at Pappy and Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace.

  3. steve December 3, 2012 at 3:11 pm #

    Mogollon Rim country in N. Arizona is stunning! Especially eastern AZ in Apache/Sitgreaves NF.

  4. Seth December 4, 2012 at 12:07 am #

    If you are looking to get into the Angeles National Forest while in LA, let me know!

  5. Madd December 4, 2012 at 12:53 am #

    Spent some time in the area south of Tucson working for the Nature Conservancy and the Forest Service. Know a bunch of cool off the beaten path spots. I’ll be in that area at the end of the month if you’d like a guide and few cold ones.

  6. ryan clark December 4, 2012 at 2:47 pm #

    Likewise with Seth. Id love to hit up Angeles Crest with ya! Or really anywhere in socal really!

  7. curtis December 5, 2012 at 2:41 pm #

    If you’re in the Mojave Desert, you might as well check out the Integratron. Have not been there yet, but it’s on my to-do list.

    http://www.integratron.com/

  8. Max December 5, 2012 at 4:49 pm #

    Mt Graham. I’ve never thought the stars were closer than when I was there. Really.

  9. Bill B December 7, 2012 at 5:05 pm #

    Lightning Fields is out of the way, but amazing. Chiricahua Nat’l Monument is mind blowingly awesome. There are some amazing epic hot spring just below Hoover Dam. The slot canyons there are just absolutely mind blowing. There is also a sauna cave.

    Red Rocks is out there as well… very nice state park. Backcountry camping at Joshua Tree is mandatory. It will be cold, though.

  10. jd December 7, 2012 at 8:48 pm #

    check out sespe area, just north of Ojai, California. Strange and cool.

  11. 18milesperhour December 11, 2012 at 6:36 pm #

    Lived and cycled in Tucson for 4 years and love, love, love the place. Some great, secluded hiking spots out near Oracle – we’ll be heading there to race the 24 Hours In The Old Pueblo in February. Drive up Mount Lemmon (quite a fun bike climb back in the day) for a day – the difference between desert and mountains is striking – and beer never tasted better. And please eat some Carne Seca (a local, Sonoran specialty) for me. The classic place is El Charro but you can find it anywhere. A Carne Seca chimichanga with a beer is heaven.

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