Another interesting fact is that while we enjoy temperatures in the 70’s and 80’s all summer long, if you drive as little as 60 miles in any direction, you will descend into the valley and temperatures of 110 degrees and more.
Let’s face it; we live in a vast oasis!
While the monsoon season can be scary and dramatic, it is the very reason why you see so much green here. Beautiful pines as far as you can see!
By NPS Photo by Sally King
The first time I saw an Abert’s Squirrel, I thought I saw a funny looking rabbit. I’d never seen anything like this large tufted eared squirrel.
It turns out that this breed of squirrel is found only in the high deserts of Arizona, New Mexico and southwestern Colorado. It survives only in cool dry ponderosa pine forests.
Abert’s Squirrels eat the seeds and cones of the Mexican pinyon and the ponderosa pine. As you can see by the photo above, the Abert’s Squirrels have plenty of that to choose from around here!
It wasn’t long before Ralph learned the word “Abert”.
Ralph really doesn’t like squirrels very much.