Why you need to come to Arizona right now!

The following photos will illustrate ten reasons to visit Arizona in the springeach represents at least one our our five senses, using the local flora as symbolic representations.  Spring is a fantastic time to visit the Arizona Sonoran Desert, with many unique cacti in full bloom, and, a variety of distinct scents and sounds.

Without further ado, here are ten spring reasons that will entice you to visit Arizona right now!

The sunsets in Arizona are second to none.  This shot of a Joshua Tree in the early stage of the sun setting cycle illustrates a warm amber glow, while other evenings you’ll see rich reds’ streak across the sky. This shot was taking at the Flying E Dude Ranch.  (Sight)

There are large open spaces to enjoy, where the air is as clean as the sky is brilliant. This shot is just outside Wickenburg, which is about 60 miles N.W. of Phoenix. (Sight)

Poppies, Marigolds and Evening Primrose litter yards and sides of streets with a palette of vibrant colors.  (Sight, Smell)

Wildflowers and blooming cacti herald the arrival of migrating songbirds, butterflies and hummingbirds. There is so much life in the Sonoran Desert during spring months…from butterflies to 100s of species of birds chirping song.  If you’re lucky, you may even see a Gila Monster or other rare reptiles.  (Sight, Sounds)

There is nothing sweeter than some desert honey…from mesquite to cactus blooms, to flavor-infused jalapeño or prickly pear, there are merchants selling the nectar that only Arizona can produce. This shot is of a bee pollinating a Palo Verde Tree. (Taste)

There are so many variety of cacti in the Arizona Sonoran Desert, most have unique and splendid springtime blooms.  This photo is a hedgehog cacti. (Sight, Smell)

There are several areas where you’ll see seasonal water in the desert, and when you do, it’s a sight to behold.  This is the upper Hassayampa River in Yavapai County (Sight, Sound, Touch)

Second only to Arizona sunsets, are the sunrises.  If you’re an early-bird,  you’ll bear witness to a stupendous sight as a rising glow illuminates the horizon, indicating the beginning of another beautiful day in the desert. (Sight)

Because the sky is often so clear at night, the stars are quite bright against the dark sky.  This is a star-trail shot I took, which is a technique combining hundreds of photos into a single image. (Sight, Feel)

The amber light in the morning and evening hours. The bright warm sun in the afternoon, and the diverse textures  of the desert create vibrant contrasts that can only be found in the desert southwest of the Arizona Sonoran Desert.  (Sight)

If you live in, or have ever visited Arizona, please leave a comment below and share with my readers and me your favorite Arizona spring sights. If you enjoyed this post, please share it with friends and family by linking or posting on social media.

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  1. Jeff @ GoTravelzing
    April 9, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    I live in Arizona and you got a lot of the highlights. One of biggest reasons to visit in the spring is the weather is amazing. This is the best time of year here.

  2. Mike's Road Trip
    April 9, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    Agreed Jeff! Thanks for stopping by and sharing. Cheers!

  3. Jeff Bartlett
    April 9, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    Wickenburg, Arizona, is also the final stopping point on Highway 93. Head north and the route traces all the way to Jasper, Alberta, Canada, via Vegas, the Hoover Dam, stretches of the Lewis and Clarke Trail and past some fantastic National Parks and Forests before ending in Canada at the world’s largest dark sky preserve and Canada’s wildest national park.

    Not a bad road trip!

  4. Mike's Road Trip
    April 9, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    Nice segway Jeff! Agreed…great “road trip!” 🙂 Thanks so much for stopping by and for sharing. Hope to see you at the CMM in NYC next week. Cheers!

  5. kiki
    May 3, 2013 at 2:29 am

    I live in Tucson. Arizona is absolutely gorgeous! The big bright blue skies, the stretch of beautiful desert, and the plant and animal life, and the beautiful mountains surrounding me………………….ahhhh it is like being on vacation everyday at sunset. I love living here. And the heat isn’t bad. It is tolerable. 😀 Atleast I don’t have to dig my cars out of feet of snow, or deal with earthquakes, or tornadoes, or hurricanes. I recommend you come check it out. You will fall in love.

  6. Mike's Road Trip
    May 4, 2013 at 2:53 am

    Hi Kiki…thanks so much for stopping by and sharing. Cheers, Mike

  7. Cloudy Watson
    May 20, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    Your pictures of AZ are amazing. I moved to San Tan Valley,AZ about 8 years ago from NCAL and I never cease to be amazed by the beauty to be found here in AZ! Thank you for sharing your wonderful photos with us! 🙂

  8. Mike's Road Trip
    May 20, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    Hi Cloudy…thanks so much for the kudos and for stopping by! Cheers, Mike

  9. Rick
    April 18, 2016 at 3:01 pm

    Yo Mike; the Prime Minister here saying your AZ photos are great. I just returned from a 8 day AZ Adventure including 2 nights at the bottom of the Canyon at Bright Angel Campground, visits to Saguaro National Park and Wickenburg. Your comments were spot on.
    Come back and visit Historic Wallace, ID again!!

  10. Mike Shubic
    Mike Shubic
    April 18, 2016 at 10:49 pm

    Rick! How the heck are ya? Why thank you. Is that right…very cool! Here is another post you should have checked out: http://testing.mikeshubic.com/top-arizona-road-trip-destinations When are you going to organize a trip for me to come to Wallace? Have a budget for press trips?

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