Yesterday, I took a day trip to Alamo Lake State Park, which is about 2 hours northwest of Phoenix. This is a man-made lake from the damming of the Bill Williams River, just below the confluence of the Big Sandy and Santa Maria Rivers.
This is a pretty small park with the outdoor activity limited to camping and water sports. There are no established hiking trails, so I was confined to the three park roads. After driving all three roads and stopping at various viewpoints, I then drove back and forth on Alamo Dam Road hoping to catch a glimpse of some wild burros, remnants of long-ago Arizona mining days. Judging from all the piles of poo on the roads, there must be a lot of them. Arriving at the park mid-day, animal activity was pretty low.
I have to admit, this is one of the lamer day trips I've ever taken, but at least I got out of town for the better part of the day.
|Boaters, swimmers, and fishermen enjoying the lake|
|View of dam from the Bill Williams Overlook|
|Desert blends into water|
|View from Alamo Dam Rd.|
|Cholla Rd. boat ramp|
|The ass end of a wild burro|
|Orchard in Wenden, AZ|