|Fish Creek Trail|
Fish Creek Trail drops into a narrow forested canyon from a high bench that overlooks both the Black River and Fish Creek drainages. Once on the floor of the canyon, the trail wanders downstream along Fish Creek past pools, riffles, and stepping-stone stream crossings to the point where this trib...
|Description: The access road to this small campground transitions from pinyon-juniper woodlands to open grassland valley with perennial streams and passes many old ranch houses. Views extend out into the open grasslands and pine forests, as well as a substantial stretch of the Mogollon Rim face, covered with ponderosa pine, mixed conifer, aspen, and oak.|
Wildlife to Watch: One can see pronghorn, mule deer, white-tailed deer, elk, common black-hawk, golden eagle, peregrine falcon, and many other animals alongside the roadway. Breeding birds in the area include acorn woodpecker, black phoebe, brown-crested flycatcher, Cassin’s kingbird, plumbeous and Hutton’s vireo, bridled and juniper titmouse, painted redstart, hepatic and summer tanager, black-headed and blue grosbeak, and hooded and Bullock’s orioles. Hike along Eagle Creek for riparian birds and look in the creek for loach minnow, spikedace, and Gila chub. Amphibians and reptiles in the area include canyon treefrog, red-spotted toad, Woodhouse’s toad, lowland leopard frog, Sonoran mud turtle, eastern collared lizard, ornate tree lizard, Madrean alligator lizard, Sonoran whipsnake, and black-tailed rattlesnake.
Other Activities: Honeymoon Campground provides a starting point for hiking up Eagle Creek to Salt House or Chitty Canyons, as well as to the Malay Gap area. The terrain is steep and rocky. Difficulty level is moderate to difficult.
Ownership: U.S.D.A. Forest Service, Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests
Size: 20 acres
Closest Town: Clifton
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