Mt. Ord in the Mazatzal Mts., Arizona
Century plants bloom every summer across Arizona, but
you'd be hard-pressed to find more spectacular displays than those
on the slopes of Mt. Ord in the Mazatzal Mts. There are many species
of century plant. These happen to be Agave chrysantha. The plants
tend to grow at middle elevations, but if you continue to the summit of
Mt. Ord you can wander among pines as you enjoy sweeping views in
all directions. There are also many century plants atop nearby Iron
Dike (another mountain just across State Route 87), although I
found most of the best photo ops to actually be on Mt. Ord.

    Century plant (Agave chrysantha) on Mt. Ord in the Mazatzal Mts., Arizona.   a century plant (Agave chrysantha) on Mt. Ord in the Mazatzal Mts., Arizona   Century plants (Agave chrysantha) on Mt. Ord in the Mazatzal Mts., Arizona   Century plants (Agave chrysantha) on Mt. Ord in the Mazatzal Mts., Arizona    

      Century plant at sunset (Agave chrysantha) atop Mt. Ord in the Mazatzal Mts. of southern Arizona          

Century plants (Agave chrysantha) on Mt. Ord in the Mazatzal Mts., Arizona   Century plant (Agave chrysantha) atop Mt. Ord in the Mazatzal Mts. of southern Arizona   Century plants (Agave chrysantha) on Mt. Ord in the Mazatzal Mts., Arizona   Century plants on Mt. Ord in the Mazatzal Mts., Arizona at sunset.   The view from Mt. Ord in the Mazatzal Mts., Arizona, at twilight.

From the summit of Iron Dike (another mountain next to Mt. Ord) looking across the Mazatzals toward Fountain Hills, Arizona.   Century plants (Agave chrysantha) on Mt. Ord in the Mazatzal Mts., Arizona   Century plants (Agave chrysantha) on Mt. Ord in the Mazatzal Mts., Arizona   Prickly Pear cactus and Century plants (Agave chrysantha)at sunset on Mt. Ord in the Mazatzal Mts., Arizona   Century plants (Agave chrysantha) on Mt. Ord in the Mazatzal Mts., Arizona.

  Century plants (Agave chrysantha) on Mt. Ord in the Mazatzal Mts., Arizona   Century plants (Agave chrysantha) on Mt. Ord in the Mazatzal Mts., Arizona   Century plant (Agave chrysantha) on Mt. Ord in the Mazatzal Mts., Arizona   Century plants (Agave chrysantha) on Mt. Ord in the Mazatzal Mts., Arizona  

Century plants (Agave chrysantha) on Mt. Ord in the Mazatzal Mts., Arizona.     Century plant (Agave chrysantha) on Mt. Ord in the Mazatzal Mts., Arizona   Century plants (Agave chrysantha) on Mt. Ord in the Mazatzal Mts., Arizona.

              Looking south from Mt. Ord in the Mazatzal Mts., Arizona.