We left Casa Grande, Az. and drove 40 miles to Eloy, the skydiving capitol of USA. This is a diverse area to ride through. There are Petroglyphs on several peaks and rock piles. The Beer Memorial and the Memorial for Lt. James L Hart (1947-1975) joined the U. S. Air Force in 1973 and served with the 96th Flying Training Squadron as an instructor pilot. On March 21, 1975, Second Lieutenant Hart was flying out of Williams Air Force Base with a student pilot. When the plane malfunctioned just south of Coolidge, Arizona, Jim stayed with the plane so that his student could bail out and parachute safely to the ground. Unfortunately, this delay in exiting the aircraft allowed the plane to crash and cost Jim his life. There are numerous trails around this area, be watchful for or immigrants passing thru.
The Petroglyphs Very tall Cholas, Larry showing size
|Blooming Saguaro uncommon in November |
Lt. James L Hart Memorial
|Saguaro cactus all in a row, unusual|
Memorial cross and plane scrapes
The above saguaro had one trunk, split into 2, then 4, then each branch had 2 branches each, never seen this before! Prickly Pear cacti with 3in long spines. Our gang of riders for the day. The last bottom photo is looking down on a saguaro skeleton, which had been cut off, it is illegal to cut or take any cactus from the desert
Movie of Beer Gardens
LOCATION> South of Casa Grande, Az, NEAREST CITY=Eloy, Az DIRECTIONS=North on 87
AREA > TYPE OF LAND=-desert , OWNER= BLM, QUALITY > Pro-many different sights to see / Con / Length of stay 1 day / Rating-stars 3 out of 5
TERRAIN> MILES OF TRAILS, hills / dust / desert TRAIL MAINTENCE / SQ. MILE AREA -/ NEAR BY TRAILS-Florence, Box Canyon
REGULATIONS> Permit required / Camping /whip / helmets req. / width req.
FEE> Camping / Entry
KEY SERVICES> Camping Picacho Peak, or Casa Grande, Az / Gasoline- Eloy / Diesel-Eloy / First Aid-Casa Grande / Water- Eloy / Dump-Casa Grande / Food=Eloy