Between those trees, I caught sight of what looked like a Greek chapel sitting at the very top of a small hillside. This I learned was St. Elijah chapel looking as pristine on it's desert mound as if it was perched on a cliff over looking the Mediterranean on a remote Greek isle.
I arrived at the parking area already attired in the required conservative dress. All I needed to add was the head scarf and I was ready to enter the gates.
I was greeted by a bearded and black-clad monk who gave me a map indicating the path to take and the buildings that were open to the public and those that were not. He wished me well and sent me off to explore on my own.
The path starts at St. Anthony's Church, a Byzantine style, domed basilica that serves as the main church on the property.
The inside is adorned with icons of saints and brass trim and chandelier. Almost everything inside the church was brought to this desert location from Greece.
The residents of this monastery have created a little piece of heaven in the middle of the harsh Arizona desert and the contrast makes it a fascinating place to visit no matter your spiritual persuasion.
If you plan to visit, please check their web site for information about dress and the hours they are open to the public.