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South Fork Trail
The South Fork Trail is seven miles long, running from the South Fork Campground to Mexican Hay Lake. The lower trail, at 7,500 feet elevation, follows the river for 3.5 miles through stands of cottonwood, pine, aspen, and oak. The trail climbs to 9,000 feet, providing spectacular views of high e...
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White Mountains Grasslands Wildlife Area
Description: At 7600 feet elevation, this wildlife area is a high elevation grassland with a mix of pinyon-juniper woodland. This property was purchased for the protection of mountain plover habitat. The ponds provide a draw for migrating songbirds, shorebirds, waterfowl, and birds of prey.

Wildlife to Watch: Pronghorn are common year round, with some elk in fall, winter, and spring. Other mammals are golden-mantled squirrel, coyote, eastern cottontail, and black-tailed jackrabbit. Birds of prey include red-tailed hawk, northern harrier, golden eagle, ferruginous hawk, and American kestrel. Both mountain and western bluebirds are found in the juniper during the winter months.

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Other Activities: A 3-mile self-guided hiking trail of moderate difficulty overlooks and loops a large draw containing juniper woodland, grassland, and ponds.

Ownership: Arizona Game and Fish Department 
Size: 2850 acres 
Closest Town: Eagar

Facilities:
RestroomsParkingHiking

Best Seasons for Wildlife Viewing:
SpringSummerFallWinter

Black-tailed Jackrabbit - photo by USFWS
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Driving Directions:
From Eagar, drive west on Hwy. 260 about 5 miles to the junction of the road to the Springerville transfer station at milepost 391.4. Follow the paved road north, then west 0.6 mile to the southwest corner of the first hill. When the road turns north again, take the dirt road to the left 3 miles, in a northwest direction, to a cattle guard on the fence line boundary. Cross the cattle guard and proceed to the parking area.

For more information call 928-367-4281.

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