Visit Canyon Junction

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Canyon Junction is the fictional small town setting for the Double Dutch Ranch Series: Love at First Sight and the new spin off series — Canyon Junction: Hearts in Love Series. Here, you’ll get a picture of the small town setting the way the author and characters see it. This page is a work in progress as time permits.

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The Coffee Shoppe

Tristan, Nora, and Destiny visit here for an interview the day they met in Cowboy Boss and his Destiny, #1. Holly from book #1 works here, and sometimes at the ice cream place, too. Holly makes her appearance at random in different books.

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Family Favorite Ice Cream shop.

Jase and Brenna had a lot of fun right outside here on their first unofficial date in Heartbreak’s Reward. Jake, his son Trace, and Beth visit here after the tree lighting at the town square in Whispers of Forever.

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Sunset Grille

A local Mom and Pop restaurant on Main Street. If you get stopped at the light on Main Street and Library, it’s easy to see who is sitting in the booths along the front windows. On any given day, you could see any one of our characters. Randy spots Roxanne there in Lassoing the Last Dance, which helps him to come to an important decision. There is also a rear entrance. Stay a while and have breakfast, lunch, or dinner with friends at the Sunset Grille. Hey, just stop in for coffee and pie. Deputy Steve Ellis, got some interesting news there about Jake Lawton in Whispers of Forever.

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Town Square

For sure you’ll find many of our residents at the annual tree lighting in December over at the Town Square. Judy Carlson will be there with her family. In the spring, summer, and early fall, don’t stand too close to the fountain in the center of the square. Take a walk down main street and stop in for a bite at a local restaurant. There are choices for every mood.

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Rob’s Place

Rob Adams owns Rob’s Place. He grew up in Canyon Junction and went to high school with some of our characters, and a few others who pop in. He worked as a bartender at a bar in Apache Junction, but finally bought his own bar outside of town. Rob makes his appearance in all the books. He’s also an MC for parties and weddings, etc., and he has done this since high school. You’ll get to know a lot more about Rob in Book Six in the Double Dutch Ranch Series: Love at First Sight in 2023.

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Golden Nugget Bar & Restaurant

Looking for something a little more upscale than the Sunset Grille? This one comes with a real ghost story. In Heartbreak’s Reward, Jase gave Brenna a homework assignment when he took her here. You’ll find this fictitious restaurant–Golden Nugget Bar & Restaurant– out on U.S. 60 across from the larger grocery store in Canyon Junction. Judy, our ranch matriarch and one of the men vying for her hand go here for their first date.

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Law Enforcement

Meet Leon Thompson. He’s been around since book #1 in the Double Dutch Ranch Series and is carried over to the Spin Off Series, Canyon Junction: Hearts in Love Series. He showed a soft side that surprised even me when I wrote Whispers of Forever, but he had to show his tough, professional side in Lassoing the Last Dance, Of the Cowboy’s Own Accord, and Finding Kimber. In Finding Kimber, Leon came close to hauling Dane, Randy, Zach, and his brother, Tyler, off to jail. Then he threatened to make them deputies if they didn’t stop interfering and taking matters into their own hands.

He knows what to expect from everybody in town, but on occasion, someone will still surprise him.  He’s married and has children, but his family is rarely mentioned. Steve, one of his deputies makes his appearance in many of the books and has gone to school in Canyon Junction.

Local Newspaper – Canyon Junction Gazette

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It isn’t very thick but it has a lot to say.


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The local library is used by all ages and sits near Library and Main Street.

United States Post Office

The post office sits out of town a few miles. Tristan and Nora met here in the original edition of Cowboy Boss and his Destiny.

A Rancher’s Life Magazine

Tristan Carlson’s Ranching Magazine. He needed help. Nora needed a job. Win-Win for both of them.


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Canyon Junction has three schools. Brenna and Sophie, two of our heroines, work at the elementary school. The older kids in the series go to the middle school as time goes on.

Places to Stay

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New Owners reopened the Extended Stay Hotel outside of town. Brenna stayed here for a while when she came to Arizona.

You’ll find a Bed & Breakfast in an historical home outside of town in the other direction. One of Judy’s friends owns it.

Local Hospital


It isn’t far out of town. This isn’t a big hospital, but it has what is needed for emergencies and short-term care.

The Majestic Superstition Mountains

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The backdrop for the Double Dutch Ranch and Canyon Junction: Hearts in Love series.

Have you had enough yet? Aw, come on, you can’t get enough of Canyon Junction! Come on back, but don’t come too late because the sidewalks roll up early on some nights. Thanks for visiting!

The real setting: Arizona Vacation Guide: Superstition Mountains.

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