Explore the most popular Bird Watching trails near Safford with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

there were parts of the drive that were a little bad. I made it in and back out in 2 wheel drive in my titan. ground clearance will be key. I did choose to walk down the last couple hundred feet to the lake. that last stretch of road was questionable. but I probably coulda driven down I to it if i put it in 4 when drive. the trail itself is well marked. I happened to go when the little creek feeding the lake was frozen over. it was super pretty. will be doing it again.

hiking
Friday, January 26, 2018

Was a fun drive to trail, would recommend 4X4 for the ride in. I would park at top and walk down road, great views and many options for access to the mountain. Dogs had fun too.

hiking
Friday, January 12, 2018

We did the Frye trail #36 and checked this out once we got back to our jeep. You can see it from where you park. It’s really pretty and nice to see and hear the water coming in.

hiking
Friday, January 12, 2018

We picked this hiked because it was close for us. You park at the reservoir and hike up the dirt road. Pretty boring until you get into the wilderness. We saw a couple whitetail deer so that was cool. You can hear the water coming from the creek as your hiking. You do cross the creek on this hike. Also you must attention to the trail. It seems to disappear in some places!

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Great views
Great for summer and winter
Awesome camping sites

Friday, November 17, 2017

It's an alright place to go. You start out at the reservoir and hike past it continuing up the road for a while which turns into a quad trail. The water slides are close by if you want to play in the water. The natural water slides are dangerous at some places so beware.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Love the drive! Beautiful scenery with great twists and turns to the road

scenic driving
Saturday, November 11, 2017

This is a good way to get out of the desert heat in the summer. This road takes you from the desert floor to over 10,000' feet high. You can drive up to Heliograph peak, where there used to be an old fire tower there, not sure if it still is. Drive further and you'll have access to Mt. Graham which is the highest point. Further on down the road and you'll reach Riggs Lake. Used to be able to fish for trout here. Again, been a while since I've been up there, so don't know if you still can.
This range has the highest vertical relief of any range in AZ. 7000'. It is said that this mountain range also has the "highest diversity of habitats" than any other range in North America. That's pretty noteworthy. The forests at the top are dense and thick. I remember ferns that grew as tall as I was. Worth the steep drive up!!

Monday, September 04, 2017

Currently closed about halfway up at the Ladybug Trailhead.

fishing
Sunday, May 07, 2017

A small but great little trail around Frye Mesa Reservoir. One of the few places you can legally fish for Gila Trout. The road to the trail is relatively difficult to navigate and downright impossible if you have a lower clearance car. The parking lot is also a great staging point for more hikes on this side of Mt. Graham.

scenic driving
Wednesday, September 28, 2016

The drive up Mt. Graham is absolutely stunning with a twist of terrifying. Some sharp turns and drop offs with no guard rail. But it is worth it when you get to the top, you can see the valleys below.

hiking
Friday, September 16, 2016

This hike should be rated as moderate/difficult because it is not easy. A few very short stretches of somewhat flat grades are a relief, but mostly it is a thigh-buster if you're going all the way down to Oak Flat which is 4 miles in. Lots of reliable water from the easily accessible -roaring- creek which you cross a handful of times along the way. So if you want to save some water weight in your pack, know that you can take your filter and refill in several areas. This hike takes you through very lush forest with the sound of the creek to accompany you, and a chance to see wildlife due to very light traffic. Very beautiful!

scenic driving
Saturday, December 12, 2015

Very scenic and great camping and hiking opportunities. It is great for a summer adventure when the desert is hot.

camping
Saturday, December 12, 2015

Great primitive campground. Excellent hikes in the area.

hiking
Saturday, July 18, 2015

2 Ash Creeks near Wilcox. This one reviews the one in the Pineleno Mountains that descends 7000' and runs most of they year. It is somewhat bikeable but very tough, loose, steep and expect mucho downfall.
The other Ash Creek is in the Galiuro Mountains and has hundreds of maples for incredible autumn color. Aspens as you climb higher. The trail heads to the East Divide Trail and then Bassett Peak, the highest in the range.

hiking
Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Nice hiking trail. unfortunately, the lower part of the trail is littered with downed trees and overgrowth. Dangerous along the rocky slopes.
With that said, it is very good hike with lots of great views.

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hiking
Sunday, May 07, 2017