In Arizona, few topics are as hotly debated as whether it’s okay to stack rocks on public lands.
As far as stacking rocks on your own property goes, I have no problem with it. Especially after seeing how one Phoenix resident turned cairn creation into an art form. He didn’t stop with rocks though.
I find it particularly impressive that he integrated other materials into the stacks. Stools, bricks and logs to name a few. It’s as if he ran short on rocks and decided to use anything he had sitting around.
When I stumbled on to this spectacle in the vicinity of 48th & Broadway, I was running late for an appointment, so I only had time to grab a few pics. Wish I’d had time to get some close ups.
Just look at how many stacks there are and what an impressive display of balance the artist pulled off.
What’s behind the debate about rock stacking?
Some people are of the frame of mind that stacking a few rocks to create a trail marker, or cairn, can help prevent getting lost and potentially save lives. Leave no trace purists argue that moving rocks from their natural spot can cause damage to the environment.
While I have personally benefited from cairns on trails I’ve traveled, I can see both sides of the discussion.
The people of Arizona, like the natural wonders contained within its borders, never cease to amaze me.