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Gila River Birding and Wildlife Trail is a wonderful
park allowing one to easily catch a glimpse of Sandhill Crane or any one of over 300 species of birds that visit Greenlee County. November is the best time of year to see hundreds of cranes and thousands of fowl migrating from the north and resting along the shores of the Gila River. Birds and other wildlife can be viewed all year long, including great horned owls and bald eagles. This featured trail is a one-mile walking loop’s trailhead located as you travel on the east side of Main Street before heading north across the Duncan Bridge. Don’t forget your Bird Sighting Checklist found amongst other touring Duncan and Greenlee County pamphlets at the local visitor center or visit
greenleebirding.com

Steve Ahmann, Rainforest Plants
(928) 865-2085, steveahma@yahoo.com
Dianne Vandell
(928) 792-9546, vandellbrss@gmail.com

The Road to Steeple Rock & Carlisle Mining District Steeple Rock Summit Located in the Summit Mountains a few miles east of Duncan, AZ, Steeple Rock is a 6,220’ elevation mountain summit of shear rock near Virden, NM. Traveling north of Duncan on Carlisle Road off the AZ 75 brings you around the back side of Steeple Rock into the many wonders within Carlisle Mining District.

For more information visit www.greenleebirding.com or call:
Susan Snyder, Chase Creek Marketplace
(928) 865-1251, snyder248@gmail.com
Deborah Mendelsohn, Simpson Hotel
(928) 359-3590, innkeeper@simpsonhotel.com

Duncan Valley

Fisherman’s Point and White Rock Canyon are known for castle-like sheer rock walls and pillar rock formations found by way of
following the course of the Gila River west of Fisherman’s Point. Access the Gila River Canyon via Fisherman’s Point for an enchanting experience to reach White Rock Canyon and beyond.
Cottonwood Canyon is locally well known for its amazing historical Indian petroglyphs, world wonders that have withstood the test of time here in the high desert for centuries. Access Cottonwood Canyon where it joins the Gila River Canyon below Canador Peak for views of these writings present in this area.

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Ash Peak itself is split in half and shared between Arizona’s Greenlee and Graham Counties. Ash Peak’s highest point brings you up to 5,585 feet in elevation. Once you arrive at the top of Ash Peak, enjoy spectacular views to the south of Whitlock Valley -- to the east, Duncan and the towns surrounding
valley -- well past the Arizona/New Mexico state line.

From commonly found lizards sunning themselves to the more Nature and Wildlife rare sighting of a bobcat, many critters can be seen within the Ash Peak Recreation Area. Whitetail deer are known to frequent the area in large numbers, grazing amongst the prickly pear cactus and other beautiful desert vista vegetation.

Hike, Bike or Ride
Outdoor recreational activities are abundant in this area. Cyclists looking for a dirt road challenge are seeking the path of Carlisle
Road heading northeast (toward Steeple Rock) off AZ 75 in North Duncan. Hikers and explorers alike can experience trails off the
well-beaten path along the Peloncillo and Summit Mountain Ranges. Rock climbing the summit of Steeple Rock, with a peak height of 6,259 feet, is one of the many hiking challenges of the area and should only be attempted by experienced climbers. Springs and running creeks are not as easily found as those near river valleys, bring plenty of water for your entire expedition party -- including your four-legged companions.


Gila Lower Box Wilderness Study Area is a desert oasis recognized as one of the best birding areas in New Mexico. Rockhounding is abundant within the
Caprock Mining District Area as well, and has been found to be resplendent with small veins of manganese. The Gila River is accessible throughout this five-mile long, up to 600 feet deep river cut canyon. Access these outdoor-enthusiast attractions by heading northeast of Duncan on Old West Highway 70 to Fuller Road. Heading northwest onto White Rock Canyon Road from Fuller Road, gains access to the Gila Lower Box WSA trails and Fisherman’s Point at the gravel roads end. Sixteen miles east on US 70 from Duncan, head northeast on Fuller Road (near New Mexico US 70 MP 10). Reaching Fisherman’s point requires a high-clearance vehicle and 4WD is recommended as rain causes washes and ruts to deepen. BLM rules, regulations and tips for preparation of a self-guided tour of Fisherman’s Point can be found at
https://www.blm.gov/nm/st/en/prog/recreation/las_cruces/gila_lower_box.html