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“Great birding spot” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Cave Creek Canyon

Cave Creek Canyon
, Portal, AZ
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Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Portal
Activities: Birdwatching
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Owner description: Home to unique plants, animals and birds.
New Mexico
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34 reviews
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“Great birding spot”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013

If you're seeking the elegant trogon, this appears to be the best place in North America to see them. But don't go running through the woods chasing them as some folks do. Visit in May (when they're looking for mates), walk the dirt road and listen for their call. They will come out to see you at the roadside, and you'll be rewarded with terrific photos. Warblers, tanagers, flycatchers, owls, hummingbirds and woodpeckers abound. You won't be disappointed!

Visited May 2013
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AZ
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4 reviews
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“Hiking, biking....”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

the colors are magnificant, the rock formation amazing, the hiking is ideal for all levels, biking also !

Visited October 2012
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Tucson, AZ
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“Yosemite of Arizona”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2012

Great views, wildlife, no crowds, hiking, birding. Many areas severely burned at high elevations, but still pockets of slightly burned forest can be found.

Visited September 2012
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Gilbert, Arizona
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“Beauty in an Isolated Setting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2012

If you ever have a chance to get down to this part of Arizona, I recommend visiting Cave Creek Canyon and the hamlet of Portal. There's not a lot down on the southern end of the Chiricahuas. It's way off the beaten track, a good hour south of I-10. This place does attract a lot of birders interested in spotting some of the tropical species that migrate up from the south during the fall and winter. At the time of my visit, there was practically no one around, encountering only one group of birders in the canyon. There are some hikes in the area that look promising, but since I was here in June at mid-day, I decided not to exert myself too much. On the drive up to the Canyon mouth from Portal, there's a particular pull off that affords an unobstructed view of the canyon. Pull off here and get that photo - it's stunning.

Visited June 2012
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Tucson, Arizona
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“Great for Easy Hiking”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2012

We wanted a nice and easy hike near Portal, AZ. This was it. It is a National Forest, so senior passes work. There is a stream which we crossed several times (easy and no problems). The trees provided nice shade. The trail leaves from the parking lot and goes 1.5 miles back. Good marking. You can do more strenuous trails if you want.

Visited April 2012
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