Munds Park, Arizona

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Munds Park, AZ

Munds Park is very special to me I spent my late teens and 20s here.

I visited here recently. It had changed a bit, but still beautiful as ever.

You are about 25-30min. outside of Flagstaff. The homes are mostly log cabins with big pine trees grown around them. There are tons of wildflowers and butterflies. Most people flock here in the summer because of the much cooler weather than the desert.

Temperatures in the summer average around 78-80 degrees. It’s near a lot of lakes in Northern AZ, so a lot of people bring their boats. Lots of hiking, nature, and forests at their best. The elevation is about 4,000-5,000 feet so for me I am a jersey girl that is use to sea level. I had trouble when walking or running at first (and in shape), but scared I would pass out.

Things to visit while you are here:

Mormon lake, take the “dirt road” from Munds park to Mormon lake, unfortunately, it has been dried up the last couple of years. There are some cool looking saloons and lodgings, kind of like the old west, but in a prairie.

I am happy I got to see it with water in my lifetime. I have never seen anything so beautiful, when I saw it dried up my last visit was truly heart-wrenching. The San Francisco Peaks in the background, wildflowers, and the water looked like a painting!! Hopefully, the water comes back. It has been really dry in recent years.

Hints why you are here:

Visit flagstaff and the San Francisco peaks (elevation even crazier here 7,000 feet above sea level).

Lake Mary is gorgeous. Grab a picnic lunch or if fortunate enough a small boat and just enjoy the day.

I enjoyed most seeing the horses and the wildlife like a moose. I thank my grandparents for having a place there. They are some of my most fondest summer memories here, and happy to see it in my late 20s, again!

Pleasant Lake, Arizona~ Yummygal Was Pleasantly Surprised

 

Pleasant Lake, Arizona

Pleasant Lake is odd. Just outright odd. However, Very beautiful. This huge lake is slapped down in the middle of the desert.

I guess people that live in the desert need their fun and sun too.

 

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Pleasant Lake, Arizona. The color is gorgeous. It is an oasis in the desert.

There is a nice restaurant, a marina, a few islands in the middle to explore. Tons of wildlife, picnic areas, camping, and hiking. It’s this whole oasis of paradise in the desert.

It’s something you just have to see because you just can’t believe how huge this is and the massive amounts of water that had to be pumped in must have been insane in the membrane.

Something to check out however, if you are in the Peoria, Surprise, Glendale, or Phoenix area.

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Enjoying the many Cacti and Pleasant Lake

 

That’s me, yes, I know I am nuts. I am “cactus humping” on a trail at the lake.  If you are a nature nut or just want to take a nice swim in the heat of the desert summer. This place truly rocks!!!

 

Montezuma’s Castle, Arizona is Worth All the Hassle

Montezuma’s Castle, Arizona

On your way to Sedona via I-17 a place to stop and be awe inspired by a magnificent creation is Montezuma’s castle.

 

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Montezuma’s Castle, Arizona

 

Legend has it that they used ladders or some kind of pulley system to get up here. Couldn’t imagine the years of chiseling this thing out of a mountain and how they actually lived up there or if it was a semi-permanent protection from invaders. We will never know.  It’s a definite stop along your way to Sedona, baby!

Still pretty freaking cool to visit. Another, thing to see before you die type of thing.

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Mom and I at Montezuma’s castle. Yes, I’m always this prissy, even going to the park!