Arizona is the 48th state to be admitted to the United States of America. It was made the 48th state on Valintine's day, Feb. 14, 1914. The state tree is the towering Saguaro (pronounced sah-war-roe) cactus. It's not uncommon for the Saguaro to stand 20 feet tall and weigh 10 tons. When most people think of Arizona they think of the Sonoran Desert that dominates the southern portion of the state. The average annual rainfall is something like 7 inches! Most people don't know that the northern portion of Arizona is mostly above 4500 feet above sea level with an annual rainfall in excess of 20 inches in it's drier locations and some places get as much as 60 inches a year. Northern Arizona is home to vast forests of Juniper, Pinon Pine, (pronounced pin-yawn) and Ponderosa Pine trees. In the high mountains I've heard it claimed there is perma frost! The higher mountains are in excess of 12,000 feet high so it is possible. I don't spend much time above 10,000 ft altitude and when I do I never take a shovel! So I don't know if there's really perma frost there or not! But, I don't doubt it.
Yavapai County is located in a trasitional area between the Sonoran Desert and the high mountain forests and plains. It is a pretty big county and is Arizona's oldest. Gold was found here and that's what started the anglo settlements in Arizona. I live on a wide alluvial, (a fancy word meaning; old dried up lake bed) plain at an elevation of about 5,000 feet, located between several mountain ranges reaching to about 8,000 feet.
Coyote Springs is an old ranch that is being subdivided, (a common occurance here). You probably won't find it on a map of Arizona, but you will certainly find Phoenix and I am about 80 miles north of it. You might find Prescott, I'm about 15 miles east of that town. You might also find Prescott Valley, I'm 1 1/2 miles northeast of that town, out an unmaintained dirt road called Coyote Springs Road. I own 10 acres and my nearest neighbor is about 1/4 mile away. I have pronghorn antelope, coyotes, jackrabbits, cotton tail rabbits, roadrunners, crows, porcupines, javalina pigs (pronounced have-a-lean-a), mountain lions, deer, elk, quail, lizards, horny toads (I love that name!), and a bunch of others that I can't think of right now, all running around in and on my place!
Click on this photo to jump to my page about the different kinds of cactus in Arizona. There are some pictures and some information about each type.
Click on this thumbnail photo of a Juniper tree in Arizona to jump to my page about the kinds of trees you might find in Arizona.
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