Casa Grande, Arizona is a small town centrally located between Phoenix and Tucson. Did I mention it was small? The population is around 50,000 but it feels much smaller, in a good way. It’s a popular destination for winter visitors (aka snowbirds) looking to escape the northern chill, this town’s population explodes during the winter months. With small town charm, National Monuments, moderate hiking, plenty of history, and winter temperatures in the 70’s, we can see why.
On our way to the Petrified Forest and Painted Desert here in Arizona, we noticed another little patch of green on the map...Walnut Canyon National Monument. We just renewed our America the Beautiful pass and as a general rule, we don’t pass up a green spot on a map unless it’s crazy out of the way.