Arizona Monsoon Round-Up

Arizona summers are brutal, to say the least, with reprieve arriving only when you catch sight of dark clouds forming on the horizon, smell a hint of moisture in the air, and the mesquite trees start to rustle as a late afternoon wind tickles their branches. The afternoon monsoon has arrived and if you listen closely, you can almost hear the desert sigh in relief.

Monsoon season is a big deal in our state for the average person but proves essential to the cattle rancher. These life-giving rains replenish basin groundwater, recharge riparian areas, give life back to summer grasses, and fill dirt tanks essential for wildlife and cattle alike to survive. Once the rains hit, gone are the days of trucking water to the far reaches of the ranch, as mother nature lifts one small burden off the shoulders of hard-working cattlemen and women.

Enjoy this round-up of Arizona monsoon photos from ranches across the countryside in honor of another monsoon season.

Cassie Lyman

Photo by Cassie Lyman of the Hat Ranch in Gisela, AZ

Cross B Cattle

Photo was taken at the Cross B Cattle Ranch in Elgin, AZ

Jolyn

Photo by Jolyn Smith of Texas Canyon Brangus in Dragoon, AZ

Micaela

Photo by Micaela McGibbon of the Santa Rita Ranch outside of Green Valley, AZ

Santana

Photo by Santana Nez of the G Lazy 8 Ranch. Photo was taken in Tucson, AZ.

Sarah King

Photo by Sarah Henckler King of the King’s Anvil Ranch outside of Tucson, AZ

Tina

Photo by Tina Thompson of the C Bar Ranch in Willcox, AZ

Tina2

Photo by Tina Thomson of the C Bar Ranch in Willcox, AZ

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