|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....
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.
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
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