FORT MCDOWELL, AZ (CBS 5) - Arizona's natural beauty is a draw for many but a patch of Sonoran desert just outside the Valley is being trashed.
Glass, water bottles and a lot of bullet casings litter the Tonto National Forest.
You will see breathtaking views as far the eyes can see at State Route 87 in the Four Peaks Wilderness Area in Fort McDowell, Arizona.
But just don’t look down. If you do, you might get an eye full. Yes, you will find leftover pizza boxes and empty beer containers but there is more, so much more and not in a good way.
Looking for broken glass? No problem. There is plenty of that there. How about empty plastic water bottles? You can also find what was left of shot up pumpkins. And while pumpkins are bio-degradable many things out here are not, like clay pigeons.
On one ridge someone took the time to attach some clay pigeons but apparently was a poor shot and never took the time to remove them.
There was also a yield sign shot full of bullet holes and near the entrance to the wilderness area, even more, shot up signs.
There is also graffiti, like an old water tank that was covered from top to bottom with tagging.
But the biggest eyesore is bullet shell casings and shotgun husks everywhere.
Since people are permitted to shoot guns in the desert, many of them are refusing to clean up their mess.