|Cave Creek Canyon|
While out of the way, this site is well worth the effort for avid birders and wildlife watchers. Cave Creek Canyon has some of the richest diversity of wildlife in the United States. The approach from the east through Portal provides striking views of the most scenic, breathtaking canyon in sou...
Rustler Park Recreation Area
|Description: At 8,500 feet, this mountain meadow campground is nestled in a pine-fir forest. This is one of the few maintained road access sites to upper levels of the Chiricahua Mountains, with breathtaking views that overlook the Sulphur Springs Valley and adjacent landscapes of New Mexico. A few miles away by trail is the 9,795-foot high Chiricahua Peak within the Chiricahua Wilderness. This is a pack-it-in, pack-it-out campsite, and campers must take bear precautions.|
Wildlife to Watch: Unique and local nesting forest bird species can be found near campgrounds and along adjacent trails and roadways. This area features the southern-most stand of Engleman spruce, as well as iris and orchids that attract many butterflies and hummingbirds in summer. There is an excellent chance to see greater pewee, cordilleran flycatcher, Mexican chickadee, yellow-eyed junco, Steller’s jay, plumbeous vireo, hepatic and western tanager, black-headed grosbeak, Mexican chickadee, broad-tailed hummingbird, violet-green swallow, and red-breasted and pygmy nuthatches. Breeding warbler populations include olive, red-faced, Grace’s, Virginia’s, black-throated gray, yellow-rumped, and painted redstart. Mammals include black bear, white-tailed deer, and Mexican fox squirrel, a species that is found only in the Chiricahua Mountains in the United States. Many high elevation reptiles and amphibians also live in the area, including the diminutive twin-spotted rattlesnake, black-tailed rattlesnake, Slevin’s bunch grass lizard, and Yarrow’s spiny lizard.
Special Tips: During migration foraging, mixed flocks of warblers will also often include Nashville, Townsend’s, and hermit warblers.
Ownership: U.S.D.A. Forest Service
Size: 30 acres
Closest Town: Portal
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