Journey to Windy Point
Text and Photos by Nick Smallwood
There’s something special about watching the sunset from a high mountain vista. Maybe it’s the way the light cascades over the landscape, softly illuminating the towering rock formations that dot the rugged terrain. Or perhaps it’s the calm mountain breeze which gently tickles your skin as it makes its way past you. Maybe it’s the overwhelming sense of smallness you get when you gaze into the vast landscape below. Or perhaps, perhaps it’s the combination of all of these things that make watching the sunset from Windy Point such a magical experience.
Located around a twenty-five minute drive from the base of Mt. Lemmon, Windy Point offers travelers’ a spectacular place to take in the gorgeous views of Tucson and the surrounding area. Aside from the view, Windy Point is home to a variety of impressive rock formations; making it popular among rock climbers and hikers who find thrill in exploring the area. Though there are no designated hiking trails, those wishing to explore the location by foot can park in the parking lot and choose their own path to travel on.
While the overlook offers fantastic views, good parking, and complimentary restrooms, one downside to the lookout is that it is often crowded due to it being within close proximity to the highway. Those looking to escape the crowds would do well hiking further into the location, where the area is less easily accessed.
Here are my pictures from my journey to this spectacular vista.
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