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Bubbling Ponds at Page Springs Fish Hatchery

Fish and Wildlife Refuge or Sanctuary
Red-winged Blackbird Calls. – Dennis Tomko

ADA Accessibility Notes

All the trails are flat and well cleared for easy hiking. The pond area is wheelchair-friendly. There are no restrooms or potable water. Ample parking is provided just off the road.

Bubbling Ponds is a large area owned and managed by Arizona Game and Fish Department. Recently Northern Arizona Audubon Society has formed a partnership with AZ G&F and has developed the site as a dedicated wildlife education area. To that end, NAAS has developed a trail system, observation decks, interpretive signage, an outdoor educational venue and a Ramada for group use. Today the site is a wonderful wildlife viewing and education facility. The birding, especially during migration, is outstanding and features the Common Black Hawk which nests on the site. An avid birder can easily spend a half day here. The entire site can be hiked in an hour.

This site is also part of the Lower Oak Creek Important Bird Area (IBA) and has obtained national recognition within that program. As such, it is entitled to special protection considerations.

A particular marshy pond, which will is signed, supports a small population of the Northern Mexican Garter Snake which is officially declared "Threatened" under the US Fish & Wildlife Endangered Species Act. There are very few such sites in the entire Verde Valley.

Pet Friendly Notes

The site is pet-friendly and does not require leashing. However, you are asked to control your dogs so that they do not threaten the waterfowl and other birds.

Hours

Seasons Accessible

Waterfowl use the ponds in the Winter. Migrants and nesting passerines abound in the Spring

Pricing

Fees

There no fees.