Photo show: Lightning of the Lower Verde Valley

McDowell Mountain Regional Park presents...

Lightning of the Lower Verde Valley

Throughout the month McDowell Mountain Regional Park’s Visitor Center will host a showing of lightning photography by stormchaser Susan Strom. This feature is part of our commemoration of the 10th Anniversary of the Rio Fire in the Lower Verde Valley, a wildfire caused by a single lightning strike.

Dates: through July 9

Time open: 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM at the Visitor's Center

Event type: Display of lightning photography representing
the Lower Verde Valley Region of Arizona

Location of Lower Verde Valley: Northeast of Phoenix, Arizona in Sonoran Foothills north of Fountain Hills and Fort McDowell Indian Land, south of Mazatzal Mountain Range, east of McDowell Mountain Range, west of Four Peaks Wilderness.

Park fee: $5 per vehicle park entry fee

Location: McDowell Mountain Regional Park Visitor's Center
Address: 16300 McDowell Mountain Regional Park Rd.
MMRP, Arizona 85255 (this is between towns of Fountain Hills and Rio Verde, AZ. Take Fountain Hills Blvd, follow it north as it leaves town, as if to go to Rio Verde. The park's gate will be about 4 miles north of Fountain Hills town limits.

Park phone: 480-471-0173 Ranger: ext. 201
[email protected]

Park info: ]http://www.maricopa.gov/parks/mcdowell/http://www.maricopa.gov/parks/mcdowell/[/b
Info on the work: ]http://www.lightninglady.comhttp://www.lightninglady.com[/b

Nestled in the lower Verde River basin, the 21,099-acre park is a desert jewel in the northeast Valley of the Sun (Phoenix, Arizona). Elevations within the park rise to 3,000 feet along the western boundary at the base of the McDowell Mountains. Visitors enjoy a full program schedule, over 50 miles of multiuse trails, and spectacular views of the surrounding mountain ranges. The park will allow visitors to likely see deer, javelina, birds, coyotes, quail and more. Terrain is Sonoran desert foothill (giant saguaro cacti, ocotillo, palo verde, mesquite, ironwood, prickly pear, barrel and cholla).

Live in Phoenix? Susan's picks at McDowell Mountain Park: The Full Moon hike on the Pemberton Trail (all months except June), the Scenic Trail and the Hilltop Trail (views!), the North Trail (virgin Sonoran desert). I always say this park is close but make me feel far away. Please call the park phone for more information about hikes, mountain biking, campgrounds, and the Visitors Center lightning show running through July 9.
 
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