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Bonita Creek Watchable Wildlife Area, AZ

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Rated  Favorite Wish List AZ > Tucson > Safford
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Distance Round Trip 0.3 miles
Trailhead Elevation 3,222 feet
Elevation Gain 20 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 0.4
Interest Perennial Creek
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Bonita Creek
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Cottonwood Trail - Gila Box RNCA
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Gila Box RNCA
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Cottonwood Trail - Gila Box RNCA
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Bonita Creek
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Bonita Creek
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Gila Box RNCA
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Gila Box RNCA
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Bonita Creek offers some of the most outstanding birding opportunities in Southeastern Arizona. There are over 200 species of birds within the NCA. Optimum viewing season is spring and summer. This viewing deck offers a unique view at treetop levels on the rim of Bonita Creek. The deck is the only fully accessible year-round viewing area in southeast Arizona and Riverview Campground is within walking distance.

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2018-07-14 HAZ_Hikebot
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

    Most recent Triplog Reviews
    Bonita Creek Watchable Wildlife Area
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    TV & Mobile alert warnings all night that the Gila River at Solomon would rise 14 feet and be at flood status. Got up early and headed out to see it, it's quite a sight to see the Gila flooding!
    Arrived at the entrance overlook to see the Gila flowing strong again, not quite at a flood status, but lots of chocolate milk flowing down that there river ..... definitely not a swimming day with that flow.
    Made many river view stops on the drive in & out with several hikes starting on the Cottonwood Trail :next: Wildlife platform :next: Spring Canyon :next: Dry Canyon and many side trips.
    Monsoon/overcast weather all day, rained on me half the time & the whole Box just looked Awesome today!
    Wildlife - Grey fox, 2 javelina, many wind surfing vultures, millipedes, brown & black tarantulas.

    Bonita Creek Watchable Wildlife Area
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    My first time ever in Gila Box at 48
    It was a lot like when I was 47 ..... Awesome :y:
    Completed the entire Cottonwood Trail and hit a little bit of everything else.
    Ocotillos are leafy green, a few yellow flower bouquets along the roads, cottonwoods are mostly filled in.
    The Mighty Gila was flowing good, Bonita Creek was gentle.
    Saw a coati and several bighorns, but all were far across the river ](*,)
    It was a good reward day!

    Also want to wish RW a Happy B-Day ... Pisces Rock Arizona!
    Bonita Creek Watchable Wildlife Area
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    Driving, Camping, Hiking, and Photographing in the Box... Tons of Wildlife and the Trees were just starting to turn. Got a Hat Trick of the Ring Tailers driving back to Camp the 2nd Night. It was Dark, of course... First a Raccoon running down the Road, then a Ring-tailed Cat crossing the Road and scaling a Vertical Cliff on the other Side, then a Lone Coatimundi.... Wouldn't see any of them while it was Light, but I spent several Hours watching a Herd of Bighorn Sheep with two Rams that were just starting to become Adversaries.... So Cool to watch those slight Interactions and the Leader's Angst about the Contender...

    Chad joined me for some of it and we finished Catching Up on Life and News until the wee hours of the Morning on my last Night.

    Photoset to come, probably next Year... :sweat:
    Bonita Creek Watchable Wildlife Area
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    Well ..... it's March so I guess it's time to start looking for wildflowers?
    Was headed out to the Black Hills and made a split second decision at the turn sign to check out Gila Box instead which is much closer.
    Didn't expect a lot today, boy was I wrong!
    First the Gila river was running well above average, there were flowers everywhere on the drive in and along my hikes, Bonita Creek was flowing well and the whole area was much greener than expected ..... almost looked like summer up in there.
    Hiked 2 separate sections of Bonita, the wildlife platform, a wee bit of the Cottonwood trail & ended on Bull pass road back to my vehicle completing a loop.
    No coati or sheep spotted today, but I did see canyon ducks, butterflies, lizards, hawks, crows, fish & frogs.
    Bonita Creek Watchable Wildlife Area
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    2nd trip out to Bonita in 5 days.

    Preston picked me up after coming off of Mt Graham from his Sky Spotting gig at the LBT telescope.
    I pitched Bonita to him as a must see right now and he agreed with the choice, off to Gila Box!
    We hiked the out-n-back along Pipeline Road to the pumps.
    Fantastic foliage colors, beautiful flowing creek, cliff walls, beaver dams, the pipeline, corals, homesteads, side canyon, cave & just awesome scenery throughout ..... this place is always a gem!
    We did not encounter any of the bigger canyon wildlife today, but did see many coati & bear tracks in the road for half of the hike. After the hike, we drove down to the Gila river to check out the Serna cabin area and ended with the short out-n-back to the wildlife platform overlooking Bonita Creek.

    Great trip with a Good friend ..... Thanks Preston!

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    Bonita Creek Watchable Wildlife Area
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    First drove down to the Gila Box River Trail put-in and dropped off our kayaks.
    Then drove back to the take-out and parked the truck.
    Me & Sabrina then hiked the Box road back with a side trip out to the wildlife platform before heading down to the put-in area where are kayaks were waiting.
    AddSanz gets a partner credit for this one for letting us use her truck & kayak!
    Bonita Creek Watchable Wildlife Area
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    Gila Box is looking April good!
    Everything is greening up nicely.
    Wildflowers are in and coming in.
    A few cactus blooms with a lot more about to happen.
    And good Gila River flow.
    I mainly hiked the Cottonwood loop x2 with a couple side trips out to the rivers edge and 1 trip out to the Wildlife Watchable Platform that overlooks Bonita Creek. Quite a few vultures flying up & down the canyon on this visit.
    I'll have to come back in a few weeks and camp, should be primo!
    Bonita Creek Watchable Wildlife Area
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    Afternoon trip out to Gila Box with Addie.
    The whole area is now starting to turn yellow, should look amazing in a few weeks.
    We first walked out to the wildlife viewing platform over Bonita.
    Then hiked the Cottonwood Trail counter-clockwise.
    A quick trip down to the Gila River & Serna Cabin was made before completing the loop back up to the upper trail-head.
    Thanks Addie, Thanks Gila Box, our afternoon was well spent!!!

    Cottonwoods & Sycamores are turning, especially along Bonita Creek.
    Bonita Creek Watchable Wildlife Area
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    Drove out to the Box mainly to get some stock pictures for the Safford Chamber of Commerce.
    I completed the entire Cottonwood trail then just hit a small portion of the other places photographing my favorite spots. I also visited the "Kearny ruin" and found some very good pottery including a nice Hohokam piece.
    The Gila River is starting to run low now and Bonita Creek is no longer running into the river.
    Saw lots of cactus blooms, many vultures & signs of coati everywhere in the mud.
    Today's dusty overcast made for difficult pictures so I will have to go back out soon and try it again, still no rattlesnake or Gila monster sightings.
    Bonita Creek Watchable Wildlife Area
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    Gonna keep this one short :wrt:
    Bonita Creek & Canyon in December :y:
    Colors, water, beaver, coatis & rocky mountain bighorn sheep!

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    Map Drive
    FR / Jeep Road - Car possible when dry

    To walk/tour
    From Safford, travel approximately five miles east on U.S. Highway 70 to the town of Solomon and turn left onto Sanchez Road. Travel north for eight miles, crossing the bridge at the Gila River, to a Gila Box RNCA sign. Turn left onto that dirt road. Travel another 3.8 miles and take the right fork in the road. Travel 0.6 mile to another fork and turn right. At the next fork, follow the signs left to the Bonita Creek Watchable Wildlife Viewing Area.
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