I’ve been fortunate to have witnessed some spectacular views over the years, but the time I peered over the cliff at Horseshoe Bend made my jaw drop. Definitely a must see and make sure you pay a visit to nearby Antelope Canyon too.
Looking towards downtown Phoenix from Piestewa Peak which has an elevation of 2,610 feet (796 m), making it the third highest mountain in the city. Nearly everything about this peak has some kind of controversy attached to it, starting with the name. For over 90 years it was known as Squaw Peak, which was considered offensive by many. In 2003, the mountain was renamed after Lori Piestewa of Tuba City, Arizona who was the first female casualty in the Iraq War and the first Native American woman in history to die in combat serving in the U.S. military. The State approved the name change less than a month after her death, but it took another five years for the U.S. Board on Geographic Names to finally make it official in 2008. Because of the mountain's easily accessible location, it is a popular spot for hiking and one of the busiest trails in the city. However, the summit trail is quite difficult and gains over 1,200 feet of elevation in just 1.2 miles. Hikers who are unprepared frequently have to be rescued from the steep, rocky trail due to injury or accidents. In spite of all its controversies, Piestewa Peak is an icon of the Phoenix area and an important part of our city's history. #phxhistory#piestewapeak#ig_arizona#igersaz#explorearizona#exploreaz#arizonaphotographer#ilovearizona#azculture#az365#azlife#azgrammers#hikearizona#visitarizona#instagramaz#conquerarizona#arizonahikersguide#see_arizona#arizona_hiking
On our way through the trail, we took a wrong turn and landed in someone’s land. The family was outside branding some sheep. I was expecting the worst especially since we drove through their property. Instead, they gave us a big smile. The native land is the best in AZ.