After leaving the visitor center we passed this wonderful display of purple cactus in front of the more familiar Prickly Pear cactus before beginning the six mile drive which climbs up Green Gulch to Panther Pass at an elevation of 5,679 feet above sea level.
|The Chisos Mountains|
|The Lost Mine Trail|
|Casa Grande as seen from Lost Mine Trail.|
|The view of Juniper Canyon from Lost Mine Trail|
When we returned to our truck we drove on to the Chisos Basin -- descending to an elevation of 5400 feet above sea level.
|Ocotillo in bloom.|
|View of "The Window" from the Chisos Basin. Massive stone ridges|
surround the entire basin with the exception of this window. The
valley in the distance was once grazing land for cattle.
|View of "The Window" from the Chisos Mountain Lodge Restaurant.|
|Afternoon view of Casa Grande from the Chisos Basin.|