As we headed up the scenic road to Massai Point we were treated to spectacular views of Wonderland of Rocks as it was called when it first became a National Monument. The descriptive name is most appropriate. At first we imagined a hike into Echo Canyon. But, we were realistic. We were getting a late start and the drive to the Echo Canyon Trailhead was not going to happen quickly. That 8 mile road is a stopper . . . again and again. Even shooting from the car meant slowing down a bit.
At Massai Point you can see at least 180 degrees of the hoodoo panorama spread out below you. In many ways this panorama reminded me of Bryce Canyon and one day I want to return during the late afternoon Golden Hour to check out the change in color. We were there about midday and the colors were harsh, the shadows not helpful and the sky easily blown out. But that is not all that you can photograph! Rocks close at hand offer their own photographic challenges and opportunities.
We returned to the parking lot at the Visitor Center to pick up our hikers, Greg and Ann and then drove to Tucson where we would overnight. Before leaving this post, however, I would like to thank the Civilian Conservation Corps of old for the great work they did in getting this Monument ready for thousands to enjoy. Their contribution is noted at the Monument . . . in photos!!