This 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, such as white-faced ibis and killdeer, can easily be seen, especially during migration. River Walk Trail meanders along the Little Colorado River for a half-mile where mule deer and beaver are readily found.
Several types of raptors also can be seen here, including bald eagle (in winter), American kestrel, osprey, northern harrier and red-tailed hawk. The surrounding grasslands are good places to spot pronghorn antelope, Gunnison’s prairie dog, coyote, and a variety of ground squirrels and chipmunks.
Habitat: Aquatic, river riparian, grassland
Seasons: All year. Birding is best in spring, fall and winter.
Location: Within the town limits of Springerville. Lakeview Trail access is two miles west of the traffic light in Springerville on U.S. Highway 60; turn south into the main Becker Lake area, designated with signage. River Walk Trail access is one mile west of the traffic light on Highway 60; turn south into the parking area just before crossing the bridge over the Little Colorado River.
Access: Sunrise to sunset. Parking is at designated sites only.
Near: Eagar or Springerville
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