Iconic Arizona

Tonto National Forest, AZ

The Bartlett Lake recreation area near Carefree, Arizona is a hot spot for spring wildflowers. The 2019 bloom of poppies was a memorable one. This image was captured on a chilly Sunday afternoon in early February. Believe it or not, it snowed later that night. Bartlett Lake is a reservoir that was formed by the damming of the Verde River. It is located 48 miles from downtown Phoenix. Photo © copyright by Michael Greene.