Welcome to Basin & Range Outdoors

Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure... than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat. ~Theodore Roosevelt

Basin & Range Outdoors was created to share the adventures experienced by two brothers in the American West. From the highest alpine terrains to the lowest sonoran deserts we will chronicle the pain and triumph that accompanies all of our outdoor pursuits.

There will be no high-fence hunts, no fly fishing lodges, no streamside caviar and wine breaks. Instead, you can expect cold nights sleeping in the dirt, flat tires on old trucks, and big dreams realized on small budgets. With Basin & Range Outdoors you will find useful reviews of hunting and fly fishing products, techniques, locations, and a general review of our outdoor expeditions on public land.

About Basin and Range

Most of southern Arizona is within the Basin and Range Geologic Province. This major province actually stretches from southeastern Oregon southward through Nevada into this area. Basin and range topography forms as the earth is slowly pulled apart. To compensate for this stretching, the rocks break up along faults. Some blocks "rise" while adjacent areas "drop". Those which rise form fault block ranges while those that drop form intervening basins or valleys. Thus the term "basin and range."
The Basin and Range topography of southern Arizona reaches its climax in the Sky Islands region in the southeastern corner of the state. Here several mountain ranges rise more than 6000 feet above the surrounding basins, with Mt.Graham in the Pinaleno Mountains rising nearly 8000 feet. Though still considered part of the Basin and Range, the geology of the Sky Island region is quite complex and not easily categorized as such. A great variety of rock types and geologic features are found in the Sky Island region. Sedimentary, metamorphic, and igneous (volcanic and plutonic) rocks are exposed in several different areas. The Rincon, Santa Catalina, and Pinaleno Mountains are considered by geologists to be metamorphic core complexes. These mountains are "cored" with a mixture of igneous and metamorphic rock, some of which has been highly deformed. The "inside" of these mountains has been revealed as faulting uplifted the ranges and erosion stripped away the overlying rocks, exposing their core.
A period of intense volcanism, beginning about 25 million years ago and continuing for several million years, occurred in the region depositing large amounts of volcanic ash and lava across the landscape. A volcanic rock called tuff, which is essentially a solidified hot ash flow, formed during some of these eruptions. The fantastic rock spires and hoodoos of Chiricahua National Monument in the Chiracahua Mountains formed from the erosion of this welded tuff.   http://dana.ucc.nau.edu/~are-p/road_map/eco/geology.html