Windows to the Breaking Dawn

by Kristi Hines · Arizona, Goodyear, HDR

This weekend, my husband and I took a nice little urbex adventure to the Phoenix Trotting Park in Goodyear, AZ. We had spotted this building while driving out to the World Wildlife Zoo, home to those cute lemurs I posted a week or two ago. This place called our names saying “explore me, photograph me” and as lovers of urbex, how could we resist.

Jason took some time to do some research, and one of the common tales told by anyone who has entered the place is that it is fairly likely that you will get escorted off the premises by the authorities thanks to some nosy residents across the way. So we did this like a covert mission in a James Bond movie, and the operation was a success.

My opening image is probably the most simple from the entire trip. The sun hadn’t quite risen yet, but there was enough light outside to see out the huge grandstand area. I have to admit, up until we got to this area and started shooting, the place was super creepy. Once the camera was out, it went from creepy to urbex awesomeness.

Phoenix Trotting Park in Goodyear Arizona

Be sure to stay tuned – the best images from inside are still to come! Also, don’t miss Jason’s pics from Trotting Park too!

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 18-55mm Nikkor Lens
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3, Photomatix Pro 4, Topaz Adjust

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Scott Wyden Kivowitz

NIce shot, looking forward to seeing more!
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Jimi Jones

Very cool!
Covert missions. 🙂
Sounds like it was a lot of fun. This opening shot is quite nice. Love those early morning hours.
Looking forward to some of the other goodies you guys captured.
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Curt Fleenor

Great lines and perspective! I just read Jason’s post and I’m looking forward to seeing more from this outing!
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Dave DiCello

Great use of HDR here, and I love the hallway on the left and the open windows on the right! Fantastic!



Wow that place looks huge! Is it really that large? Great shot in this one. I like how you lined up the pillars on the left.
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Kristi Hines

It’s a pretty large place. I wish I could have done more to really convey the size – it’s pretty grand!


Toad Hollow Photography

Oh my God, I love this shot and CAN’T WAIT for what’s next Kristi!! Great blog today, you really brought us along on your adventure!! Awesome!
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Chris von Nieda

I am sooo jealous Kristi, congrats to you two for getting these shots! My wife and I have a joke that every time we drive past this building on the I10 (and for us that’s pretty often) that someday I will buy it and make it our home! Can you imagine? There is some great history with this building and it seems very sad that it just sits, empty, alone and useless and has been since the 60’s. Looking forward to seeing more!


Chris Frailey

Nice shot Kristi. I’m envisioning you and Jason dressed in ninja black sneaking into the grandstand.
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Jim Nix

yep, looks like a cool place to shoot, look forward to more shots from both of ya!


Mark Garbowski

I appreciate that you and Jason put up nearly the same image today, with slightly different takes to make it interesting to go back and forth to compare/contrast.
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Mike Criswell

Sweet shot’s from both of you, looking forward to more for sure
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Ben Tucker

Wow I love this! epic sense of scale!
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