Continuing my journey west, I stopped in Willcox, AZ. While here I parked at the Magic Circle RV Park. Earlier in 2016, we stopped over in Benson, AZ, which is about 30 miles west of Willcox. From Benson we visited, Tombstone, Bisbee and Kartchner Caverns.
Almost 8,000 years ago, the peaks of Mount Mazama (pics) towered some 12,000 feet above sea level. But eventually, the huge chamber of magma beneath the base of the mountain would no longer be contained. It began to erupt and eventually a series of eruptions formed a ring around the mountain and caused the mountain top to collapse forming a huge caldera.
This 375,000 acre parkland is about 20 miles south of Grants, New Mexico. It is an area of lava flows, lava tubes and caves and cinder cones. This area was formed from volcanic eruptions and lava flows that occurred only about 115,000 years ago.
Here is one of the large sink holes that was formed from when a portion of a lava tube collapsed.
And a portion of the trail in El Malpais.
With a population of 865,000 people, Arequipa (photos) is Peru’s second largest city. Arequipa manages to bridge coastal Peru and Andean Peru, both geographically and sociologically. It sits at an elevation of 2350 meters (7,750 feet) above sea level giving it a consistently pleasant year round climate. The city enjoys a dramatic setting, guarded by three volcanoes including the nearly perfectly cone shaped and snow topped El Misti, topping out at 5825 meters.