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Escudilla Mountain - Terry Flat Loop
This 15-mile driving route along the eastern edge of the White Mountains loops around the high meadows of Escudilla Mountain, the third highest peak in Arizona at 10,877 feet. There are old-growth stands of Engleman spruce, aspen, and Douglas and white fir in the nearby Escudilla Wilderness Area....
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Blue River Drive
Description: This driving tour passes through exceptional river riparian habitat along one of the last undammed and least populated rivers in the Southwest. Because of its location and elevation changes, the Blue River area is one of the most interesting birding areas in east-central Arizona.

Wildlife to Watch: Look for bighorn sheep on the slopes of the Red Hill area along Forest Road 567, about 3.5 miles northwest of the Blue River. In the Blue Range Primitive Area, the Mexican gray wolf has been reintroduced. Large mammals include elk, mule and white-tailed deer, black bear, and javelina. Birders can look for Montezuma quail, common nighthawk, white-throated swift, peregrine falcon, Cooper’s and sharp-shinned hawks, and Townsend’s solitaire. Lower elevation birds are found on this route also, including greater pewee, hepatic tanager, common black-hawk, black-chinned sparrow, Mexican jay, bridled titmouse, Merriam’s turkey, and band-tailed pigeon.

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Other Activities: There are more than 25 hiking trails with trailheads that originate on the Blue River corridor. Detailed information on these trails can be obtained from the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests’ web site www.fs.fed.us/r3/asnf

Ownership: U.S.D.A. Forest Service, Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests 
Size: 30-mile driving route (one way) or 48-mile loop for high clearance vehicles 
Closest Town: Alpine

Facilities:
RestroomsParkingTent CampingHiking

Best Seasons for Wildlife Viewing:
SpringSummerFallWinter

Mexican Gray Wolf - photo by USFWS
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Driving Directions:
From intersection with U.S. Hwy. 191 in Alpine, travel 3.5 miles east on U.S. Hwy. 180 to junction of Forest Road 281, located at western edge of Luna Lake. Take FR 281 south; after approximately 5 miles, it will meet and parallel the Blue River for 25 more miles before it dead-ends at private property. Visitors may retrace their route back to Hwy. 180. An optional loop route for summer visitors with high clearance vehicles is to take FR 567, which intersects with FR 281 at the Blue Crossing Campground, back to Alpine. FR 567 climbs west out of the Blue River corridor, ending 13 miles later at Highway 191, about 15 miles south of Alpine.

For more information call 928-339-4384.

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Blue River Drive : Wildlife Viewing Area