Christmas in Arizona is a little different than when we lived in Colorado. Wintertime in Loveland, Colorado, is cold and snowy most of the time, especially around Christmas. We started a Christmas tradition of snow showing that we have done for 11 years now. Finding snow in Arizona is usually a challenge due to our mild winters, but we lucked out this year. The storm that brought rain to us in the valley dumped snow on higher elevations. Yeah baby!
The only question was: where do we go? Dad took off on I-17 north and headed toward Flagstaff. I settled in for the ride, which was about two hours. I love how the terrain changes up north and looks more like Colorado with pine trees. Everything was covered in beautiful snow!
We were going to find a forest road to take, but most of them were closed. We happened to stumbled upon the Watchable Wildlife Trail off the 180 West: 6325 W Fort Valley Rd, Flagstaff, AZ 86001. What a find! It has its own parking lot, is free, and has a defined trail to follow. And of course, dogs are welcome on a leash!.0
Oh boy! I couldn’t wait, but I had to. Humans take forever to get bundled up with coats, hats, gloves, and then the special shoe shoes. Then of course they need to use the human rest room. Sigh. When mom put on my coat and dad applied Mushers Cream to my paws, I knew we were close. About a foot of fresh snow covered the ground, and we had great views of the mountain range.
We checked out the map, and there was a short ¼ mile paved path accessible to wheelchairs, although no pavement was seen due to the snow. Then there was a longer loop that would take about an hour, and we chose that one. Of course, with the winter wonderland, we could really go anywhere we wanted.
It was so peaceful and quiet. We were the only ones out here, other than wildlife. During the non-snow months, apparently you can see porcupines, antelope, elk, and coyote. I think everyone was hunkered down due to the weather, and that was okay by us. We took in the scenery instead.
I bounded through the snow like I was pup again. Something about the snow brings me alive. The trail is relatively flat with a few easy inclines. If you get off trail during the winter, you won’t get lost. A fence keeps you in and out of private land. We did a loop across a great big meadow and into the forest. About half way, we stopped for lunch. Mom and dad had hot tea, and I was wishing I liked hot tea. I got a little chilly, but a snack hit the spot.
Back on the trail we went. It has nature signs and tells you about the birds and other species around. The Watchable Wildlife Trail would be great any time of year because even if it was hot, you’d have shade from the pine trees. Oh yes, we will have to return another day. I doubt we could replicate our incredible snow outing, though. No wind, not too sunny, and the perfect temperature: 28 degrees.
When we got back to the parking lot, a bunch of people had just arrived. It was about to get busy with kids. If you are looking for tranquility, go early. Mom’s toes were cold, but other than that, we all had a fantastic time. While mom and dad were taking all their gear off, a lady asked them about snow shoeing. Mom shared how it is a wonderful way to exercise in the winter…just like hiking. It’s easy on the joints and usually has less people. We love it, and the lady said she would have to try it. We hope you will get out there and explore. We live in a great state. Let’s make 2020 a healthy and happy year. Woof.
Hi! I am Kumaito (Kuma for short), a multi-tan Shiba Inu. My breed is one of the oldest and purest from Japan. I personally was born in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, moved to Friendswood, Texas, and now call Phoenix, Arizona home. I enjoy running or hiking almost every day with my mom, chasing rabbits out of my neighborhood, playing with toys, pestering my brother Edmond, eating, napping … well, I love just about everything and everyone!
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