Wildlife Areas

Sipe White Mountain Wildlife Area map (image)

Sipe White Mountain Wildlife Area

A few miles southeast of Springerville and Eagar on Highway 180/191, in the shadows of Escudilla Mountain, lies Sipe White Mountain Wildlife Area. Recreational opportunities include wildlife viewing and photography, picnicking, and hiking to historic and prehistoric cultural sites. A small visitor center is located on site. Visitors are encouraged to look through the visitor center first and then explore the grounds to enhance their wildlife viewing experience. Move about the property freely by hiking, biking, or horseback riding on one of four trails leading to wetlands, meadows, and old homesteads. Several wildlife viewing points are located along the trails. Visit the last weekend in July for the annual Hummingbird band, High Country Hummers.

Becker Lake White Mountains Wildlife Area map (image)

Becker Lake Wildlife Area

The wildlife area has two hiking trails. The Lakeview Trail is a one-mile loop following the western edge of Becker Lake to an observation platform overlooking the southern, marshy end of the lake. Here, waterfowl and shorebirds can easily be seen, especially during migration. The River Walk Trail meanders along the Little Colorado River for a half-mile where mule deer and beaver are readily found. Lakeview Trail access is two miles west of the traffic light in Springerville on Highway 60. Turn south into the main Becker Lake area, designated with signage. The River Walk Trail is one mile west of the light in Springerville on Highway 60. Turn south into the parking area just before crossing the bridge over the Little Colorado River.

In December, the River Walk is turned into the Festival of Lights, decorated with more than 30,000 lights for the holidays.

Weinema Wildlife Area

This corridor of river riparian habitat stretches more than two miles along the Little Colorado River. Two hiking trails provide easy access to both stream-side and upland areas where you can view beaver, mule deer, chipmunks, numerous waterfowl, birds, and raptors. At the junction of US Hwys 60 and 191/180, go a quarter mile north on Hwy 191/180 and turn right onto a graded, dirt road. After 1.5 miles the road drops into the Little Colorado River Canyon corridor. While walking the trails, keep a look out for numerous petroglyphs carved into the rocks.

White Mountain Grasslands Wildlife Area

This is a fairly new wildlife area founded in 1999, with land added in 2000. As the name suggests, this area is maintained for its grasslands habitat, but it also has riparian habitat. Some species found here are the mountain plover, southwestern willow flycatcher, bald eagle, and Mexican spotted owl, and is an area conducive to introducing the Little Colorado River spinedace. Many other species inhabit the area including a family of antelope. The White Mountains Grasslands Wildlife Area provides restrooms and picnic tables. It is open year-round from sunrise to sunset. To reach the area from Springerville or Eagar, travel west on State Highway 260 about 5 miles to the junction of the road to the Springerville transfer station. Follow the paved road north, then west .6 mile to the southwest corner of the first hill. As soon as the road turns north again, take the dirt road to the left three miles, in a northwest track, to a cattle guard and continue a small distance to the parking area.