At approximately 8600 feet elevation, this small community rarely exceeds temperatures of 75 F in the hottest months. The beautiful summer scenery makes hiking and wildlife viewing a pleasant experience. The Little Colorado River flows through Greer, and there are three reservoirs in the area kno...
Lee Valley Reservoir
|Description: This is a scenic, high-elevation lake at the foot of Mount Baldy with outstanding views. Surrounding the reservoir are open meadows and spruce-fir forests. Near the dam, excess water flows through a natural spillway, creating a wetland marsh. Extensive stands of aspen provide magnificent fall colors.|
Wildlife to Watch: Mammals include elk, mule deer, coyote, beaver, thirteen-lined ground squirrel, red squirrel, long-tailed weasel, and porcupine. Wetland birds include great blue heron, pied-billed grebe, ring-necked duck, bufflehead, and common merganser. Birds of prey such as bald eagle, turkey vulture, osprey, red-tailed hawk, and American kestrel are common. During July and August, you may also see broad-tailed, rufous, and calliope hummingbirds. Steller’s jay, golden-crowned and ruby-crowned kinglets, American three-toed and hairy woodpeckers, and mountain chickadees nest in the surrounding forest.
Other Activities: No formal trails; a rustic footpath circles the reservoir, about 1 mile in length.
Ownership: U.S.D.A. Forest Service, Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests
Size: 50 acres
Closest Town: Eagar
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