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Hike #39 – River Walk Trail - Springerville

River Walk Trail - Springerville
Beaver Pond on the River Trail in Springerville

Location: From the Pinetop Post Office on SR 260 (map):

  • Drive on 260 east 42.9 miles to Eagar.
  • At the traffic light, turn left and drive 1.4 miles towards Springerville.
  • Just beyond the Safeway shopping center on the left, turn left on Airport Road. Drive 0.4 miles across the Little Colorado River and turn right into a gravel parking area.

Trail: The trail is partly gravel and partly dirt, mostly on the level with one moderate rise.

Trailhead and Directions: From the parking area, the trail is on the right (east) through an opening in the fence and willow brush. The trail follows the Little Colorado River, crosses it on a wooden bridge, and continues to a large parking lot off of SR 60 with a restroom on the right.

River Walk Trail - Springerville
Sunflowers and Goldenrod Along the River Trail in Springerville

Access: Hikers only. The north end of the trail might support wheel chair access, but best to walk it first to make sure as the gravel is rough.

Distance: One mile one-way. It is 0.6 miles to the bridge. Obviously you could use two cars if you did not want to walk the one mile back south. The north access is off SR 60 and can be accessed by driving into Springerville past the turn to Airport Road. At the T, turn left on SR 60 and drive 1.1 miles to the turn off to the parking area on the left.

Difficulty: Easy.

Features: The trail is good for many birds including Yellow Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Common Yellowthroat, Western Meadowlark, White-crowned Sparrows, Black Phoebe, Lesser Goldfinch, sometimes Mallards, blackbirds, Turkey Vulture, Red-tailed Hawk, Northern Harrier, and other common species. Beaver dams are frequent along the river. Muskrats can sometimes be seen in the water during the day. Flowers are numerous with many species including a few trees like Common Buckthorn not found elsewhere in Arizona. Golden Currant is abundant. Milkweed, Tanseymustard, Sow Thistle, Nodding Plumeless Thistle, several species of Beggars Ticks, Virgin’s Bower, Wild Potato, White Prairie Aster, Purple Aster, and many other species in season.

Connections: None. Becker Lake is a short distance west on SR 60 and is a good birding area.

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