The Grand View is this north facing cliff that is best viewed from the benches in front of the James House. This concludes this tour of Ramsey Canyon.
By counting the tree rings in this ancient sycamore tree they determined the tree was planted about 1760.
The Ramsey Canyon Preserve is making a concerted effort to develop this area into a wetland area, cultivating additional types of plant life.
This cut into the hillside is called a borrow pit; because Gardner Ramsey borrowed fill from here to make the road leading to Ramsey Canyon. Notice how this affected the plant life.
In 1911, after his family grew too large for the cabin, John James built this house a little closer to the mouth of the canyon. You get the best view of the house on the Grand Loop.
Your trip will begin at the Visitor's Center/Bookstore where you will pay your fee and get a brochure giving information about the 16 points along the trail.
In 1902 John James built this cabin in Ramsey Canyon for him and his family. Between 1880 and the 1920s over 100 people lived in the canyon.
There are two loops off the main trail: the Bledsoe Loop; and the Grand View Loop. I would recommend hiking to the Overlook then hit the loops on your way back down.
The preserve built this frog pond (which you can see on the Grand View Loop) in a concerted effort to bring back the Chiricahuan Leopard Frog an endangered species.
I am working on my tips for Ramsey Canyon; but wanted to start with this. Hiking with three young women less than half your age makes hiking more interesting and more fun!
There is a picnic table under a ramada on site if you wish to eat here. Please throw your trash in an appropriate container or take it with you.
Bunch Grass is very common along the San Pedro. It is a very important plant for area animals because many animals eat the seeda and use the thick grass for concealment from predators.
Another stop along the trail is Kingfisher Pond, so called for one of the frequent visitors to the pond. This is also a great area for observing wildlife.