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Coleman Lake
This small lake and wetland has undergone habitat improvement to create island and water channels for anglers. Fall colors can be outstanding, with good views of Bill Williams Mountain.
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Big Black Mesa Loop
Description: This loop, designated for a vehicle tour along FR 573, travels through pinyon -juniper woodland. The road follows the old Peavine Railroad grade along Limestone Canyon, providing some elevation for better viewing. An old limestone kiln is along the way.

Wildlife to Watch: Mule deer, javelina, coyote, and birds of prey such as red-tailed hawk, golden eagle, and American kestrel can be seen. Pronghorn may be in the open grasslands at the northern end of the route, along with lark sparrow, horned lark, and both western and eastern meadowlarks. Common pinyon-juniper birds to be looked for include gray and ash-throated flycatchers, Cassin’s and western kingbirds, gray vireo, pinyon and western scrub-jays, juniper titmouse, bushtit, spotted and canyon towhees, rufous-crowned and black-chinned sparrows, and Scott’s oriole. Careful observers may notice eastern collared lizards perched atop rocks near the road. Best times for seeing wildlife is early morning and late evening in spring and summer.

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Ownership: U.S.D.A. Forest Service 
Size: 21 mile loop 
Closest Town: Paulden

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Best Seasons for Wildlife Viewing:

Mule Deer - photo by USFWS
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Driving Directions:
Pauldon, go north on U.S. 89 for 7 miles to mile post 344; turn west on FR 573 (Bullock Road) and continue for 21 miles, returning to U.S. 89 approximately 2 miles south of Ash Fork.

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Big Black Mesa Loop : Wildlife Viewing Area