Even though we are self quarantined, we still like to get out and hike the secluded trails in our area. The State Parks guide hails Rockin’ River as Arizona’s newest state park. Excited about new trails, we hopped in the car and drove on over. At the entrance to the ranch, there was a posted sign saying “Closed to the public”. OK, we are used to that at this strange time, but the sign looked very old. Hmmm…a mystery….has this park ever opened? Nope. After a search on the net, we found that the development is on hold due to mismanagement, corruption, fraud and firings.
Instead of the ranch, I’ll share photos of our art day at the Rockin’ River day-use site. The turn off is an abrupt right into a tiny little parking lot with a trail that snakes down to access the Verde River.
At this time of the year, the river is low and quite brown and sludgy. The happy relief from all that dull brown is an abundance of spring green popping out all around. At the river’s edge, we fouund sun dappled sand and sparkling new leaves on the shrubs and trees.
Even though we did not get to hike around the Rockin’ River Ranch, we still got to spend a wonderfully quiet day down by the river.