Muleshoe Ranch Cooperative Management Area
|Description: This remote area, jointly owned and managed by The Nature Conservancy, Bureau of Land Management, and the Forest Service, protects a wide variety of habitats. The plant diversity ranges from saguaro cactus to ponderosa pine forest and contains some of Arizona's best remaining native fish and riparian habitats.|
Wildlife to Watch: Six perennial streams provide habitat for five native fish: Gila chub, longfin dace, speckled dace and two species of suckers. The ranch is also home to bighorn sheep, white-tailed deer, black bear, and mountain lion. Smaller mammals include raccoon, coatimundi, and javelina. Two hundred bird species can be seen here and include zone-tailed and gray hawks, common black-hawk, broad-billed hummingbird, bridled titmouse, summer tanager, hooded oriole, and acorn woodpecker. A variety of reptiles and amphibians inhabit the riparian corridor and adjacent desert scrub and woodlands. Red-spotted toad, black-necked gartersnake, Clark’s spiny lizard, Gila monster, and many others may be found on site.
Other Activities: 22 miles, variable levels of difficulty. The Jackson Cabin Road provides access from the ranch headquarters to the BLM Redfield Canyon Wilderness and the USFS Galiuro Wilderness.
Ownership: The Nature Conservancy, BLM and NFS
Size: 49,120 acres
Closest Town: Willcox
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