This area isn't called Happy Jack for no reason. It's difficult to be anything but happy and relaxed as you drive through this wonderful placid landscape or sit in camp listening to the wind's song in the tops of the old-growth Ponderosa Pines. Abert's squirrels scamper up and down the trees as elk bugle in the evenings. Be sure to look up as you wind along the trail. On one curve, you can catch a brief glimpse of the Discovery Channel Telescope. The stark white dome set on its hilltop seems otherworldly. Operated by the Lowell Observatory, the name comes from a large donation from the television channel. First operational in 2015, tours can be arranged.
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