|Sipe White Mountain Wildlife Area|
This must-see wildlife area offers excellent wildlife viewing and photography, as well as a stunning vista of Arizona’s third-highest mountain, Escudilla Mountain, and dramatic examples of petroglyphs. In mid-September, the north slope of Escudilla, 5 miles away, is covered in yellow and gold as...
|Description: At an elevation of 7,400 feet, the mile-long Nelson Reservoir is nestled in a canyon between two large mesas.|
Wildlife to Watch: Birding is the primary wildlife viewing activity here; use binoculars at overlooks and parking areas. Large numbers of waterfowl and grebes congregate at the southern end of the lake, while songbirds frequent the marshes and shorelines in spring, summer, and fall. Yellow-headed, red-winged, and Brewer’s blackbirds nest here. Black-crowned night-heron, osprey, Virginia rail and sora are seen mostly in the summer, along with pied-billed and eared grebes, mallard, gadwall, redhead, ruddy duck, and blue-winged, cinnamon, and green-winged teals. Look for bald eagle here in the winter months.
Other Activities: There is a 250-yard concrete trail leading to two fishing piers over Nelson Reservoir; both are universally accessible.
Ownership: U.S.D.A. Forest Service, Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests
Size: 100 acres
Closest Town: Eagar
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