• February 9, 2016

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Take A Hike

Pioneer Title completes ‘Take a Hike’ project

WHITE MOUNTAINS — Pioneer Title Agency, including its six offices in Apache and Navajo counties, announced the completion of its 30th anniversary “Take a Hike” initiative.

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Petrified Forest National Park receives field trip grant from National Park Foundation

PETRIFIED FOREST — Petrified Forest National Park is one of 186 federal sites selected to receive a 2015 field trip grant from the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks. The park’s new Student Phenology with Outdoor Citizens (S.P.O.C.) program will provide 4th grade classes with $300 of transportation funds and allow students the opportunity to walk the 1-mile Rim Trail overlooking the Painted Desert while recording the presence of Side Blotched lizards, phenology of plants, and park soundscapes and receiving a free healthy lunch. 

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Fishing report, 1/8/16

Arizona Game and Fish Department 

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Back country hikes offered at Petrified Forest National Park

In honor of the National Park Service Centennial, join avid hikers Gary and Connie Grube for a season of guided adventures through the back country of Petrified Forest National Park. The Grubes have logged hundreds of miles hiking and volunteering with the park. Join them as they share their favorite gems of the Petrified Forest. 

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Pack it in, pack it out

Trash let behind by campers tarnishes the beauty of the forest in the Black Mesa Ranger District. The Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests want to remind visitors that the rules for winter camping are the same as spring, summer and fall — "leave no trace" and "pack it in, pack it out." They encourage visitors to pick up their trash and leave it better than when they got there.

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Officials urge Forest Service to speed up thinning

WHITE MOUNTAINS — In identical letters to the chief of the Forest Service, state officials asked Thomas Tidwell to “implement specific remedies for improving forest health and providing a sustained wood supply to willing industry.”

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Guns, guns, and more guns ... A hunter and gun lover's paradise

Sometimes the best is the simplest. A favorite of mine, and a simple rifle to shoot, made America proud.

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Forest restoration: Public, private organizations team up

WHITE MOUNTAINS — Because of the lack of funding available from the federal government for forest restoration, state and local governments, businesses, nonprofit organizations and private citizens are stepping up to help out.

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Ranger district conducting prescribed burning

LAKESIDE — The Lakeside Ranger District on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests has an unusual opportunity to continue conducting prescribed burns due to more than usual precipitation this summer and fall.

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Fungal disease may affect fall color viewing on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests, other forests in Southwest

SPRINGERVILLE — The crisp cool nights are here in the White Mountains and Aspens trees are beginning to turn green to gold in many areas of the White Mountains. However, some trees will have black leaves due to fungal disease that may affect fall color viewing on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests (ASNFs) and other forests in the Southwest. No fear, there are plenty of trees not affected to make your trip worthwhile. 

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Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests wears many hats

SPRINGERVILLE — Men wearing hardhats and hanging from OSHA approved ropes while talking via radios from a lookout tower is a normal occurrence for facility engineer Jim Morrison. Continued maintenance of administrative facilities is only a small part of what the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests’ (ASNFs) Engineering Department oversees. One of many things James Morrison’s job entails is to make sure all administrative facilities are continually maintained and are safe not only for the public, but the employees who work within these located on the ASNFs. 

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KP Rim Trail #315

The KP Rim Trail #315 is in the Blue Range Primitive Area which is roughly 25 miles south of Alpine along the east side of the beautiful Coronado Scenic Byway (U.S. 191). The trailhead is easy to find as the brown highway sign #93 / #315 is just south of Hannagan Meadow on the left side.

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Ackre Lake Trail #17

"Nature alone is antique and the oldest art a mushroom"

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Blue Vista Overlook

To have the grandest and most sweeping view off of the edge of the Mogollon Rim you have to first be standing on the edge. And, to get to that exact spot you''ll have to take a drive seven miles south of Hannagan Meadow. From the vantage point at the Blue Vista Overlook you'll experience the dramatic topography of most of Southeast Arizona and western New Mexico.

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Rambling on the Land of the Pioneers

Legend has it that there were three Arab women who once lived in this area a long time ago. They were rumored to have kept lots of money stashed on their property and were murdered, their homestead torn up, but no money was found. Foundation and parts of their home still remain, but you'll have to hike the Land of the Pioneers Trail to see it.

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Mount Baldy

Rising high above at an elevation of 11,350 feet, Mt. Baldy is the highest point in the White Mountains and second highest in the state of Arizona. To hike it, there are two paths to choose from.

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Juniper Ridge Trail #640

"Ordinarily, the man who loves the woods and the mountains, the trees, the flowers, and the wild things, has in him some indefinable quality of charm which appeals even to those sons of civilization who care for little outside of paved streets and brick walls."

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Take a HikeICE CAVE TRAIL #608

"The love of wilderness is more than a hunger for what is always beyond reach; it is also an expression of loyalty to the earth (the earth which bore us and sustains us), the only home we shall ever know, the only paradise we ever need - if only we had to the eyes to see." - Edward Abbey

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Springs Trail #633

"As time passes we all get better at blazing a trail through the thicket of advice." - Margot Bennett

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Becker Lake Wildlife Area

"Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves."

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Silver Creek Hatchery Trail

It was a frigid day when my friend Charmi Weker and I headed out to the Silver Creek Hatchery just outside of Show Low off of Bourdon Ranch Road. Charmi had seen this hatchery a few weeks earlier having hiked it with the local Up the Hill hiking club.

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Thompson Trail #629

Go at the right time of the year and this is a “Kodak” trail. It is so picturesque, so lovely, that you’ll use up a roll of film trying to capture its beauty.

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Big Springs Environmental Study Area

Big Springs Environmental Study Area exists for our benefit - an outdoor classroom to learn about our area's natural wonders. It offers a short loop trail with interpretive signs and plenty of photo opportunities.

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The Catwalk Trail and a ghost town

Hiking the Catwalk National Recreation Trail is a "do it now" experience.

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Country Club Trail: A wilderness walk close to town

Imagine stretching your legs on a brisk morning walk. Hearing the birds sing and having a pine-scented breeze to awaken your senses. Whether you live here or just paying a visit, times spent enjoying a hike in the woods will make you appreciate this area all the more.

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Ponderosa Trail #2 (Loop)Squirrel Spring Recreation Area

Attraction: Geological wonder

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Rim Lakes Vista Overlook

Rim Lakes Vista Overlook #622

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Woods Canyon Lake Sinkhole (Loop)

Woods Canyon Lake Sinkhole (Loop)

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Casa Malpais Ruins

Looking over the Little Colorado River from the ruins of a past civilization, which dated back to the somewhere between the 11th and the 14th century, is an experience in discovering antiquity. Pathways constructed of basalt and cinders lead to ancient times, when the Mogollon tribes inhabited this area, leaving behind tell-tale signs of their complex and difficult lifestyles.

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Butler Canyon

Butler Canyon trail is an easy one-mile, self guided nature hike through a mixed-conifer forest of Ponderosa pine, blue spruce,

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Government Trail

The main stem of the Little Colorado River begins near Springerville here in the White Mountains and flows nearly 350 miles before emptying into the Colorado River in Grand Canyon National Park. While approximately 26,000 square miles of land in the Little Colorado watershed is rural, the drainage basin's high southern edge is within the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests, but most of the Little Colorado's valley is within the Navajo and Hopi Reservations. One of the most eye-catching portions of this river runs through the small mountain town of Greer.

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Havasupai

"Is this Heaven?" was a question that kept popping into my head as I reached one of Arizona's most remote destinations, Havasupai. It is hard to imagine that this isolated paradise exists in Arizona, but this has been a popular tourist spot for many years but...it's not for the weak-of-heart.

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Fish Hatchery Trail

Winter hiking is the best way to beat the winter blues. Fresh air and beautiful winter scenery can break the monotony of sitting in front of the TV or computer, even though a warm, cozy fire in the fireplace beckons even the most avid outdoorsperson. Exercising in the winter is just as important, if not more so, than in the spring, summer and fall.

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Indian Springs Trail #627, Big Lake Lookout

Indian Springs Trail #627, Big Lake Lookout

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Saffel Canyon OHV Trail

Off highway vehicle owners who have been waiting for a trail designed just for them can now enjoy an incredible ride through some of Arizona's most beautiful country. Ponderosa, aspen, fir and alligator juniper forests as well as scenic views and a variety of terrains keep this trail interesting and fun.

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Murray Basin

This is one of the Springerville Ranger District's newest trails. Rolling hills, juniper trees, open meadows, old windmills, corrals and homestead remnants give this trail a southwestern feel. Panoramic views from small knolls make it an enjoyable hike.

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KP Cienega

The KP Cienega, once the summer headquarters for the former Y-Y Ranch owned by Joseph Hampton "Toles" Cosper, has one of the most beautiful trails in the Alpine Ranger District. Remnants of its cattle days still remain and Cosper families from all over the country still return here each year for their family reunion.

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Jacques Marsh

With binnoculars in one hand and a camera in the other, I enter the fence surrounding Jacques Marsh and cautiously climb the berms around the pond in hopes of capturing shots of rare waterfowl on rolls of film. Unfortunately, my slight movements stir the silence and my presence is detected immediately.

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KP Cienega

The KP Cienega, once the summer headquarters for the former Y-Y Ranch owned by Joseph Hampton "Toles" Cosper, has one of the most beautiful trails in the Alpine Ranger District. Remnants of its cattle days still remain and Cosper families from all over the country still return here each year for their family reunion.

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Escudilla Mountain

Back in the days when Naturalist Aldo Leopold, 1909 Arizona Forest Officer and founder of the Gila National Forest Wilderness, Escudilla was the home of a large grizzly bear named Big Foot. He was seldom seen, but left incredibly big tracks. Big Foot only killed one cow a year, but this was his downfall.

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Blue Sky Stables

Blue Sky Stables

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Arizona Custom Trail Rides

Arizona Custom Trail Rides (Big Lake)

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Waugh Mountain Alpacas - Llama Hike

Take a horse, stretch out his neck, replace his ears with bananas, cover him with thick woolly fur and slip on deer feet and what do you have? A large, fuzzy, friendly, non-ruminant (hoofed, cud-chewing mammal), domesticated animal called a llama (that does ruminate). These fascinating animals are from the camel family — technically called camelids

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Pintail Lake

Pintail Lake

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Panorama Trail

Panorama Trail #635

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Timber Mesa Trail

Pinyon and alligator juniper line the rocky trail as we struggle to the top of Timber Mesa. Mountain biking is definitely challenging because of the many rocks and boulders at the beginning of the trail and at the top of the mesa. The climb to 6,920’ elevation adds to the difficulty on this hot and balmy morning. Once we reach the top, though, the views our worth our effort.

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Winima Wildlife Area

“Winema,” Navajo for “coming home,” was purchased by the Arizona Game and Fish Department in 1993 (205 acres) and 1995 (adjacent 152 acre Slade property) and totals 357 acres.

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West Fork Trail

In 1963, horticulturist Sally McClagan left England to search for plants in Chile. Her route home included a passage through America where she bought a 99-day bus ticket for $99. Here she met her husband, Tim Walker and together they formed a business collecting native plants to produce seeds which they sell to plant lovers. They are known as “plant hunters.”

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Blue Lookout Trail

There's a story that is told about a bank robber that was killed (in the early 1900s) at the Blue Lookout Cabin located about three miles down the canyon from the tower. It is one of many stories that haunt the wild and rugged terrain of the Blue Range Primitive Area. Though outlaws no longer hide out here, the wild and rugged terrain still exists.

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