A short, easy Summer loop hike from Snow Bowl Road on the San Francisco Peaks near Flagstaff leads to Alfa Fia Tank.
The Trailhead for Alfa Fia Tank begins at this post and rail fenced meadow. Parking a car is easy.
The San Francisco Peaks as seen from the shoulder of the mountain.
A butterfly on wild Iris.
Deep ferns line the trail.
Aspen, Spruce and Ponderosa Pine trees.
The first view of the meadow and the distant cinder cones of the San Francisco Volcanic Field.
Alfa Fia Tank.
Tall Aspens surround the meadow.
The meadow offers many great picnic spots.
The area once was fenced, but only the posts and a few strands of barbed wire remain.
Rain closes in on the trail. The Summer monsoon season typically lasts through July, with frequent showers and thunderstorms.
Naturally, once all the desert plants begin producing bright flowers, the first to be aware of them are the various types of pollinators. This is a small sample of the many beautiful butterflies housed in the spacious Butterfly Pavilion within the Desert Botanical Garden.
Agraulis vanillae, Gulf Fritillary
Anartia jatrophae, White Peacock
Battus philenor, Pipevine Swallowtail
Buckeye, Vanessa cardui_
Male Papillio troilus, Spicebush Swallowtail
Zebra Longwing, Heliconius charitonius
A Zebra Longwing, Heliconius charitonius