Arizona Game and Fish Department
This corridor of river riparian habitat stretches over two miles along the Little Colorado River. Two hiking trails provide easy access to both streamside and upland areas where you can view beaver, mule deer, pronghorn antelope, ringtail cat, ground squirrels, chipmunks, rabbits and lizards.
Powerhouse Trail is 0.7 mile in length, proceeding south from the east side of the bridge over the Little Colorado, while Beavertail Trail runs 1.5 miles north starting from the west side of the bridge.
Numerous waterfowl, birds and raptors can also be seen, including golden eagle, American kestrel, belted kingfisher, blue grosbeak, indigo bunting, black-crowned night-heron, green-backed heron, yellow-breasted chat, black phoebe, gray catbird, and a variety of migrating warblers and songbirds.
Check the bluff edges for raptors. Both mountain and western bluebird are found in the junipers in winter.
Habitat: River riparian, juniper woodland, fields, bluffs
Seasons: All year. Birding is best in spring, summer and fall.
- At the junction of U.S. Highways 60 and 180/191, go a quarter-mile north on Highway 180/191 and look to turn right onto a graded dirt road going northeast.
- After 1.5 miles, the road drops a short distance into the Little Colorado River canyon corridor.
Access: Sunrise to sunset. Parking is at designated site only. The road is suitable for passenger cars.
Near: Eagar or Springerville
What You Might See
- Pinyon-juniper birds
- Grassland birds
- Riparian birds
- Wetland birds
- Pronghorn antelope
- Mule deer
- Medium-sized mammals
- Small mammals