You’d think something called the “Desert Horned Lizard” would only be found in the lowland deserts, but apparently they also live at elevation. I came across this one — one of two that day — in the mountains above Flagstaff, around 9500 ft.
I think this photo was from my first day camping in Flagstaff back in spring 2014. This particular camping area is near the Naval Observatory and is one of my “go to” sites when I’m in the area, as it’s the closest to town. Not this exact site of course — there are over a dozen campsites completely separate campsites out here, and I’ve seen as many as 20 vehicles parked on certain days. I have my own dependable “semi-secret” site that I enjoy for its solitude.