Visiting Butcher Jones in Arizona

(Last Updated On: April 27, 2020)

Today we are visiting Butcher Jones. That is, the Butcher Jones Recreation Area near Phoenix, Arizona.

road with mountains in background

saguaro cactus along the road

It’s another spot my dad is eager to check out because he never has gotten here before. I’m eager to check it out because I like the name – even though my dad swears it is taken from a local surgeon who worked as a butcher on the side and NOT for a murderous doctor or real-life slasher movie star.

(I can’t find any evidence to corroborate his story, so I might stick to my version.)

Despite the creepy name, this is a lovely spot. It’s a busy one too, with people of all ages enjoying swimming, kayaking, and fishing.

kayaks in the water below the bluff

Even the woodpeckers are busy – so much so that this one is oblivious to our close observations.

Despite all this activity in at the lake’s edge, it is fairly peaceful along the nature trail that slips along the lake shore as ducks float lazily on the water and bright wildflowers bloom in the late morning sun.

cliffs above the water

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