Whitewater Draw Wildlife Area
The Arizona Game and Fish Department’s 1,500-acre Whitewater Draw Wildlife Area attracts huge numbers of Sandhill cranes every year. The property’s acquisition in 1997 was made possible by the Heritage Fund, which is in jeopardy of being swept to balance the state budget.
More than 600 acres of the Whitewater Draw is intermittently flooded wetland with two small patches of riparian habitat that provide feeding and roosting opportunities for species such as cranes, waterfowl, doves, hawks and owls as well as numerous terrestrial wildlife species including deer, collared peccary and Chiricahua leopard frogs.
The Sandhill cranes typically remain in Arizona until the end of February or early March before heading back north to their breeding grounds. If you miss them, the cranes return in November or December.
Location: From Interstate 10, take Highway 191 south. The main entrance is located on Coffman Road, accessible either from Central Highway via Bagby Road, Lee Road or directly from Davis Road 1 mile west of Central Highway.