The San Pedro River emerges from just south of Sierra Vista, AZ and flows north for approximately 150 miles where it meets the Gila River. The only river left undammed in the Southwest, it is a major conservation corridor and home to hundreds of species of native and migratory birds and many diverse kinds of wildlife such as beaver and coati. Following are stories of life along this river and the effort to save it. Some of these articles are courtesy of the Friends of the San Pedro River. Please consider joining the conservation effort. If Birdwatching is your interest, please visit our 10 Best Birding Hotspots in Southern Arizona!
In addition to birdwatching, there are several places within the SPRNCA worth visiting. Fairbank is a ghost town on the San Pedro River about 10 miles west of Tombstone.The Murray Springs Clovis Site is where Paleo-Indians camped while hunting large mammals. Not far is a Mammoth-Kill site where these Stone Age people killed and butchered, not only mammoths, but also camels, tapirs, bison, and bear. This they excelled at despite themselves being hunted by such monsters as Sabre-Tooth Tigers.
6:30 AM. Early yesterday, I met LuAnne at Murray Springs. As the PR gal for Cochise County she knows a lot about the San Pedro River Valley in general and birding in these parts in particular. We hiked the 0.3 mile loop at the Clovis archeological site and checked out the half dozen interpretive signs [...]
We wholeheartedly recommend Casa de San Pedro Bed & Breakfast whether you’re a birdwatcher or just want to hike in the cool shade of the big trees along the San Pedro River. Karl & Patrick are terrific innkeepers. The grounds are very pleasant. And it’s located within a stones throw of the last remaining free-flowing river in Southern Arizona. The rooms are just a normal-size bedroom & bath but all 10 open to a beautiful courtyard where there are plenty of tables & chairs. Also not far are two Clovis archeological sites. These are as close as you’re likely to get to the Pleistocene Epoch and the Paleo-Indians who hunted the now extinct giant bison, twice the size of today’s “buffalo”, and humongous mammoths that were larger than an African elephant. To view my original post on how I came to discover this Southern Arizona treasure, click HERE. 8933 S. … Continue reading