Walk in the Path of Ancient Hohokam at Sears-Kay Ruin

Sears-Kay Ruin

Just east of Carefree, the Sears-Kay Ruin offers a peek into the lifestyles of ancient Hohokam Indians, ancestors of today’s Pima Indians and the Valley’s first residents. A 1-mile loop trail guides visitors along a series of 40 rooms in four different compounds. They were believed to be inhabited by about 100 people between 1050 and 1200 AD. The foundations of the rooms are … [Read more...]

Rest Stop Marks Border of Gadsden Purchase

Sacaton Rest Area

Next time you drive between Phoenix and Tucson, you may want to stop by the Sacaton Rest Area for more than a good stretch or a little relief. Located on the Gila River Indian Reservation off 1-10 on Exit 181 (eastbound), this seemingly low-key rest stop holds some special historical significance. It marks the international border of the United States and Mexico from 1848 to … [Read more...]

What is Orange Stringy Substance Covering Desert Plants?


Excerpt from Valley 101: The Great Big Book of Life, a collection of Clay Thompson’s columns for The Arizona Republic. (Originally published April 17, 2001.) Q: We were hiking near Lake Mohave recently, and we saw plants covered with an orange stringy substance that looked like “silly string.” It had little teeth. What was it? A: Just as a measure of my self-restraint I … [Read more...]

Arizona History Trivia 4: Can You Pass?

Arizona State Sign

Test your knowledge of Arizona’s history with this quick quiz, originally published in Marshall Trimble’s Official Arizona Trivia. Don’t scroll down too quickly. The answers are posted shortly below the questions. When you’re finished, leave a comment with your score. Good luck! Name the first Hispanic elected offi­cial in Phoenix. Name the prehistoric settlers in the … [Read more...]

Quick Roast Beef Taquitos Recipe


About once a month, we’re bringing you a scrumptious and “doable” recipe with a southwestern flare. This one was originally published in Clay Thompson’s Enormously Big Official Valley 101 Cookbook. Do you have a recipe you’d like to share? We just might feature that too. Submit to info@arizonaoddities.com. 1 tin Roast Beef, drained 8-12 Corn Tortillas 8-12 oz Monterey … [Read more...]