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Sipe White Mountain Wildlife Area, AZ

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HAZ reminds you to respect the ruins. Please read the Archaeological Resources Protection Act of 1979 & Ruins Etiquette
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Difficulty 1 of 5
Distance Multi-Loop 7.4 miles
Trailhead Elevation 7,641 feet
Elevation Gain 250 feet
Accumulated Gain 250 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 0.5 - 4 hrs
Kokopelli Seeds 8.65
Interest Off-Trail Hiking, Ruins, Historic & Perennial Creek
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Author Crzy4AZ
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Routes 96
Photos 2,637
Trips 601 map ( 2,170 miles )
Age 48 Female Gender
Location Scottsdale, AZ
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Seasons   Early Summer to Late Autumn
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Riparian area with ruins
by Crzy4AZ

Sipe White Mountain Wildlife Area is a 1362-acre property managed by the Arizona Game and Fish Department. It offers several short trails, historic and prehistoric cultural sites, and an educational visitors center. The land was purchased in 1993, supports several sensitive species, and provides a winter range for larger animals. There is evidence of human habitation of this area dating from 6000 to 200 BC, which is on display in the visitors center.

On one of the trails, you can see the walls of a small village known as Rudd Creek Pueblo, occupied around 1225 AD. The pueblo had about 50 rooms arranged in a single-story rectangular block housing 6 to 8 families with two large kivas. The village was active for 75 years until the inhabitants likely moved north to larger villages along the upper Little Colorado River.

Escudilla Mountain can be seen from all the trails in Sipe and provides a beautiful backdrop to the grassland, pinon and juniper stands, Rudd Creek, and the McKay and Trinity reservoirs. Birders will appreciate the bird-watching stands along the marshy McKay reservoir, and large game can be best observed from the top of the High Point Trail using the 20x spotting scope. You may enjoy the preserve by foot, bike, or horseback.

Although the trails are not physically challenging, finding enough time in one day to take in all that Sipe has to offer is your challenge. Watch out for the very popular end of July "High Country Hummers" program at Sipe (850 visitors in 2009), where visitors interact with researchers as four hummingbird species migrate through the area.

Trinity Trail: 350 yards, universally accessible, leads to a wildlife-viewing point adjacent to Trinity Reservoir.

High Point Loop Trail: 1 mile, moderate difficulty, viewing points with benches, 20X spotting scope for observing large mammals in the meadows below.

Rudd Creek Loop Trail: 3 miles, mostly flat terrain, several wildlife viewing points, and benches. Use this trail (0.5 miles) to see the Rudd Creek Pueblo ruins. Best waterfowl viewing along the McKay reservoir.

Homestead Trail: 1.5-mile spur trail (3 total) over flat terrain to the Nelson cabin homestead.

More reading: Tiffany C. Clark, Gregson Schachner, Suzanne L. Eckert, Todd L. Howell, and Deborah L. Huntley ?2006 Rudd Creek Pueblo: A Late Tularosa Phase Village in East Central Arizona. Kiva 71:397-428.

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2009-08-11 Crzy4AZ
    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.

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    FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

    To hike
    From Eagar, take U.S. Hwy 180/191 southeast toward Alpine. Look for turnoff signs immediately at the top of the first mesa at milepost 404.7. Follow the graded dirt road 5 miles to the wildlife area.?? For more information, call 928-367-4281. The visitor center is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week, from mid-May through mid-October. Hunting in season is allowed on the property.
    page created by Crzy4AZ on Aug 11 2009 2:19 pm
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