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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Where's Sirena?

Sirena Dufault is in the Tucson area this week

From March 14 to May 31, 2014, Sirena Dufault will hike the entire 817-mile Arizona Trail  beginning at the Mexico/USA border. She's doing this to promote and raise funds to support the Arizona Trail Association---the nonprofit organization responsible for building, maintaining and protecting the trail.  During the last days in March, Sirena will be treking  through the beautiful mountains and grasslands of the Patagonia-Tucson area.  Here's a sample of events and hikes YOU can participate in:

MARCH 20: Patagonia, Plaza de Patagonia, 5-8 PM
MARCH 21: Hike with Sirena, Walker Basin to Kentucky Camp
registration required:
MARCH 23: Hike with Sirena, Kentucky Camp to Oak Tree Canyon
registration required:
MARCH 28: Tucson, Sky Bar, 7-10pm
MARCH 29:  Hike with Sirena, Gabe Zimmerman TH to Colossal Cave
registration required:

Sunday, March 16, 2014


Cottonwoods line one of the six ponds

Dedicated on September 27, 2013, this lush effluent management area located halfway between Sedona and Cottonwood is a prime destination for wildlife viewing hikes. Six ponds filled with cleaned and disinfected wastewater are landscaped with native plants to attract myriad waterfowl, songbirds and thirsty critters. A mile long trail circles the 27-acre site, which features several viewing beaches and cattail-choked coves. The Northern Arizona Audubon Society conducts frequent bird watching field trips to this spot, but if you’re visiting solo, you’ll see the most species if you go early or late in the day, move slowly and look for movement at the water’s edge.
Photo opportunities abound

LENGTH: 1.1-mile perimeter trails
RATING: easy
ELEVATION: 3773' - 3978'
HOURS: dawn -dusk daily
FACILITIES: shaded picnic tables, restrooms
DOGS: are allowed but must be on leash, kept out of the water and picked up after.
GETTING THERE: 19655 SR89A, Sedona.
From the SR179/89A roundabout in Sedona, go 8 miles west (left, toward Cottonwood) on 89A to the Wastewater Treatment Plant near milepost 366.  Turn right, then make an immediate left
Fowl flotilla
and continue 0.3 mile to the trailhead.

INFO: City of Sedona, Dept. of Parks & Recreation:
Northern Arizona Audubon Society: