An unexpected visitor at the Painted Pony Resort

The other day, upon returning from a Friends of Cave Creek Canyon board meeting late in the afternoon a visitor was spotted off to the side of the driveway at the Painted Pony Resort.  A desert box turtle was slowly making his way west across the property and was just reaching the turn in the driveway when spotted.  Perhaps another interested visitor looking for a place to hold a wedding or family reunion.  After some photographs he continued his journey west eventually crossing over onto New Mexico State Land.
Desert Box Turtle

Box Turtle at the Painted Pony Resort


  1. What a great unexpected visitor! I have had guests a few weeks ago that were looking for them so I sent them where I usually see them and they were so happy when they found some.

  2. Excellent, I did not know there were places where guests could specifically find desert turtles.