|Crescent Moon Picnic Area|
One of the most photographed scenes in the southwest is towering Cathedral Rock reflected in the waters of Oak Creek at Red Rock Crossing. It should come as no surprise then, that the picnic area located at that same site is as popular as it is beautiful. People come here to fish, swim, and wade...
Page Springs & Bubbling Ponds Hatchery
|Description: Located between Sedona and Cottonwood along scenic Oak Creek, two fish hatcheries attract wildlife year-round.|
The Page Springs Hatchery is the state’s largest trout growing facility, while nearby Bubbling Ponds Hatchery raises warmwater fish species such as largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, and bluegill. Native species include Colorado River pikeminnow and razorback sucker.
Both hatcheries offer wildlife-viewing areas, parking and trails. The trails at Page Springs are more developed than those at Bubbling Ponds. Page Springs features a visitor center with interpretive exhibits on trout production and area wildlife. The Bubbling Ponds viewing trail enters a huge cottonwood gallery and mesquite bosque.
Wildlife to Watch: During the winter, the ponds at Bubbling Onds offer great viewing opprotuntieis for migratory waterfowl, including ring-necked and ruddy ducks, common goldeneye, mallard, northern pintail, northern shoveler, cinnamon and green-winged teals. Wood duck, common merganser, common black-hawk and belted kingfisher often nest along Oak Creek. When ponds are low, the careful observer may spot Wilson’s snipe among the emergent vegetation at the water’s edge. During the warmer months, rufous, black-chinned, broad-tailed, Anna’s and Costa’s hummingbirds are common. Egrets and herons are always present looking for an easy meal. Mule deer and javelina are often seen on the Bubbling Ponds trail. Birds include summer tanager, Lucy’s and yellow warblers, hooded and Bullock’s orioles, and borwn-crested flycatcher.
This is one of the few places in Arizona where you have an chance to see river otter. The entire family will enjoy the opportunity to view and feed the large rainbow trout at the show pond. Visitors may catch a glimpse of the Mexican or narrow-headed gartersnakes as they slide through the reeds and rushes at the water’s edge.
Special Tips: Self guided trails and tours of hatchery facilities are available. There is an interpretive visitor center at Page Springs. Hatchery hours are from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day of the year except Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Other Activities: 1.5 miles of smoothed trails loop the two sites. The trailhead and parking lot is open 365 days a year from sunrise to sunset.
Ownership: Arizona Game & Fish Department
Size: 220 acres
Closest Town: Sedona/Cottonwood
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