Horses are still a part of our lives, from horses that provide comfort to military families to ones that work with prison cowboys. We race them, we pamper them and we love them.
In Saguaro National Park East, this portion of the Garwood Trail looks more like a ditch than a pathway. Park officials are tackling the most severely rutted trails, repairing and rerouting them.
Horses' hooves, storm runoff and natural erosion have cut trenches up to 2 feet deep in some trails at Saguaro National Park East.
Tucson hikers Kevin and Melanie Duckett gaze at stone ruins along the Romero Ruin Interpretive Trail at Catalina State Park.
Greenery along the Canyon Loop Trail at Catalina State Park.
Hikers and horseback riders mix it up at the Sutherland Wash near the Romero Canyon Trail. In late winter and early spring, Catalina State Park offers flowing streams and tranquil pools.
The mile-long Birding Trail at the park winds through three kinds of habitat. This nest was built in a cholla cactus.
Recreation options you'll find at various sites around Arizona: hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, bird-watching, camping, picnicking and exploring ancient ruins. • Recreation options you'll find at Catalina State Park: all of the above. • You get the point. • The park - nestled in t…
This stream bubbles across the 2.3-mile Canyon Loop Trail, a mostly easy ramble with big visual rewards.
Left: You know you want to relax in the warm early springtime sun on one of those rocks and gaze at Montrose Pools on the Romero Canyon Trail. It's a 7.2-mile trail, but many hikers turn back after about 3 miles.
Trail riders appear on the ridgeline near the Triangle Y Ranch Camp and Retreat Center. Campers learn how to feed and clean their horses. They also do arena riding and trail rides.
Rebecca Macwhorter gives Lillie, a 4-year-old miniature horse, a kiss on the nose after brushing her down at the Mustang Camp at the Triangle Y Ranch Camp and Retreat Center.
Running as fast as he can, Rider Martinez, 9, leads a miniature horse during a relay race at the Mustang Camp at the Triangle Y Ranch Camp and Retreat Center in Oracle.
Even though there's a kink in the rope, Rebecca Macwhorter, 10, tries to swing it with the help of instructor Kristina Fairweather.
Horseback-riding camps tend to cost a little more than other
summer pastimes such as swimming, but they remain popular whether
children participate for a few hours a day or pack off to sleepover
camp on the back side of Mount Lemmon.