An easy to follow game trail carves its way around this little hill.
I went for a walk in the desert this afternoon, even though it's so lush and green around here that if it wasn't for the Cactus you wouldn't even know it was a desert. It actually makes it more difficult to walk around with everything growing the way it is because it's more difficult to find a clear path to avoid things you had rather not step on.
Rattlesnakes, which are at the top of the list of things you'd rather not step on, generally hibernate, or technically be in "brumation" which is the Latin word for drinking too much beer and sleeping for a long time, until about the middle of March, but it's been so warm around here it wouldn't surprise me if they're not running around already, or should I say slithering around already.
Snakes don't really bother me because their so rare but Cholla Cactus does since it's very common and difficult to deal with if it gets stuck on you. It's recommended that you always carry needle nose pliers while walking in the desert to get the Cholla off of you. You can't pull it off since it's covered with spines, and if you try to knock it off with a stick it often just makes it get stuck worse.
If you want to avoid things like that then walking down a dry Arroyo is much easier as long as you make sure the Arroyo has not been cut so deep by fast-moving water that you can't get out quickly if it starts flooding from rains that are many miles away.
My favorite way of walking around in the desert is to follow animal trails, they are usually easy to see and the animals know how to expend the least amount of energy getting around, and since I happen to be quite good at not expending energy myself, animal trails made by both wild and domestic critters work well for me.
Old wagon roads from back in the day are a good and easy way of walking through the desert. And it's a lot less likely you'll get run over by a quad or a dirt bike as they tend to stick to dirt roads and arroyos.
I kind of like to follow game trails like this myself, it sorta reminds me of back in the day when I used to hunt. Now I just hunt for a comfortable place to sit down.
if game trails are too small to follow then the trails made by domestic animals are a lot easier to see. This is a trail used by the local wild donkeys and since domestic animals are often a lot bigger and a lot more lazy than wild animals they usually make larger and less strenuous trails. I consider myself a domestic animal.
But no matter how you get there, it's always worth the effort even if all you get is a new view.