|Las Cienegas National Conservation Area|
The Las Cienegas National Conservation Area (NCA) encompasses one of the best grasslands left in southeastern Arizona. This scenic landscape of vast desert grasslands and rolling oak-studded hills connects several "sky island" mountain ranges. Cienega Creek, with its perennial flow and lush ripar...
Parker Canyon Lake
|Description: Located in the rolling, evergreen oak woodland hill country and surrounded by distant mountains, Parker Canyon Lake, a large body of water for this area, is highly scenic. It features distant views of the Huachuca Mountains, Patagonia Mountains, and Canelo Hills.|
Wildlife to Watch: In winter, the open water attracts bald eagles, the occasional common loon, and a variety of waterfowl. Osprey and an occasional flock of white-faced ibis may be seen feeding at the lake during the migration. Montezuma quail can be seen from the road, and the surrounding oak woodlands are home to Arizona woodpecker, dusky-capped flycatcher, Hutton’s vireo, Mexican jay, bridled titmouse, and Scott’s oriole. . This is a good place to see coatimundi and white-tailed deer. Elegant earless lizards are common along the shores of the lake, and Clark’s spiny lizards inhabit many of the oak and other large trees of the area. The black-tailed rattlesnake is the most commonly encountered rattlesnake around the lake, but visitors are much more likely to see an eastern patch-nosed or black-necked gartersnake.
Other Activities: Five-mile dirt loop trail around the lake is nearly level and easy to follow; includes trailside benches and interpretive signs.
Ownership: U.S.D.A. Forest Service
Size: 300 acres
Closest Town: Sonoita
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