Monday, May 27, 2013

Alamo Lake State Park

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

Artillery Peak 

Dam metrics

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