The All-Star Telescope group has been in residence for a week imaging the sky (day and night) from the San Simon Valley. As with all guests a guided hike in the Chiricahua Mountains is offered and the hike chosen for this first group was one of the riparian hikes along Cave Creek which offers spectacular afternoon views of Cathedral Rock and the canyon walls. The group traveled from the start of the Nature trail just past the Portal Ranger Station and emerging at Sunny Flat campground. Then back down canyon along the road with a stop at Vista Point. The afternoon sun illuminated the east wall of the canyon with spectacular views of Cathedral Rock. The group found a metate along the route and spent some time creating some balancing stone artwork in the stream bed. Just before heading back to the Painted Pony Resort for dinner the view below presented itself. A group of upturned faces viewing the southern sky. It appears the astronomers found themselves captured in stone in Cave Creek Canyon.
Viewing the southern sky
Cathedral Rock from the Nature Trail in Cave Creek Canyon