Exploring Arizona - Humboldt Mountain At Sunrise

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We enjoy exploring our beautiful state. We are always down for an adventure that involves water, hiking, and or scenic views. Since the temperatures recently dropped in Arizona, We have been searching the interwebs high and low for new places to explore. We discovered a place with a beautiful mountain view that is only known as the “launchpad” or “golf ball”. After only finding a few articles online, we knew we were either going to find a hidden gem or this would be a total bust due to the lack of information! From the few photos we saw, the views looked amazing as you are able to see the sunrise peak over the mountains and people were also posting pictures of themselves on this ramp that looked like it stretched out past the mountain. 

After much research, we found out this place is located at the top of Humboldt Mountain and that “golf ball” is actually an FAA radar station. We used Google maps (satellite and 3D view) and confirmed that this was indeed the place! We scouted the route online and determined that we would have to drive off-road for a few miles but it should be fairly simple. We made plans to catch a sunrise and take a chance on this new place. 

 The drive to the launchpad from our house (central Phoenix) is about an hour and 20 minutes, so we left at 4:30am to arrive by 6:00am (sunrise was at 6:22). We picked up our friend Jenn and on the road we went! If you go to google maps and type in "Humboldt Mountain, Arizona 85262", it will take you right to the "launchpad". 

The drive to the launchpad from our house (central Phoenix) is about an hour and 20 minutes, so we left at 4:30am to arrive by 6:00am (sunrise was at 6:22). We picked up our friend Jenn and on the road we went! If you go to google maps and type in "Humboldt Mountain, Arizona 85262", it will take you right to the "launchpad". 

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The only part of the drive that was a little worrisome was the slight off-roading we had to do. We took our Toyota Corolla and it handled the roads okay (just drive slow). If you have a truck or SUV, this will definitely be the fun part of your trip!  Just a little note, the road to the top of the mountain is actually paved but it’s a one-lane steep road that has some serious scenic views of the surrounding mountains. 

As we drove to the top, we found the spot we were searching for!

The views up here are insane! The sunrise peaks over the mountains and lights up the mountains and the water reservoir that is at the base of the mountain. We found the ramp that we saw in the pictures and it looks terrifying at first glance but it’s an illusion as the ramp doesn’t really stretch out past the mountain. We later found out this was a hang glider ramp. One more note, we were able to drive all the way up to the ramp and only had to walk about 10 feet.

We also thought we'd take the opportunity to do a sunrise shoot with our friend Jenn, since we are never up early enough to do so ;)
I may have to become a morning person because that morning light is fire.

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Thankful for pals like Jenn, who don't mind being a third wheel and snapping a few pics of Leo and I ;)

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This is why I love my husband. It sure captures his goofy side. 

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We love traveling to other states, but we find great joy in where we call home. Arizona is filled with so much beauty and we hope to continue sharing more of our delights in the desert with you! <3