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Cave Creek Canyon - BirdForum Opus

United States, Arizona

Chiricahua Mountains
Photo © by njlarsen
Chiricahua Mountains Arizona April 28, 2013


According to the United States Forest Service and the Friends of Cave Creek Canyon, this is a mecca for birdwatching. It’s been reported to have great birding year round, but especially in spring and summer. Coupled with the spectacular scenery and other wildlife, it’s no wonder some visitors have referred to it as Arizona’s Yosemite.


Notable Species

An interesting notable connected with Cave Creek Canyon is, according to the Friends of Cave Creek, that species usually thought of as south of the US/Mexico border are seen in this area from time to time.

Some notable possibilities among the over 200 species sighted in the area include the Elegant Trogon, Olive Warbler, Red-faced Warbler, and Blue-throated Mountain-gem.


Some of the species seldom seen in this area of Arizona include the Painted Bunting, Prairie Warbler, Baltimore Oriole, and Brown Thrasher.


Western Tanager
Photo © by ixodid
Cave Creek Canyon Arizona May , 2006

Birds you can see here include:

Red-winged Blackbird, Brown-headed Cowbird, White-faced Ibis, Western Tanager, Double-crested Cormorant, Canada Goose, Ring-necked Duck, American White Pelican, Swainson's Hawk, Killdeer, Great Egret

to name a few of what you might see.

Other Wildlife

Approximately 70 species of wildlife, other than birds, have been reported here. They include Ocelot, Collared peccary, Mountain Lion, Coati, Black Bear, Ringtail, and white-tailed deer.

Site Information

History and Use

Evidence of Clovis habitation has been found in the area as well as that of other indigenous peoples as late as the latter 19th century when the Chiricahua Apaches were forcibly removed.

It has gone through many different formations of forest organization before arriving at its present-day formation.

Areas of Interest

The Southwestern Research Station, operating under the direction of the American Museum of Natural History is located in the Portal, Arizona area. As such it serves as a year-round station serving those involved in study of various disciplines of the area of the Chiricahua Mountains in southeastern Arizona.

The study being carried out in the area relating to the different cultures that have called the area home.

Access and Facilities

Search your usual source for maps and directions, whatever that may be, for Portal, Arizona and go from there. If you can get to Portal, Cave Creek Canyon is nearby.


  1. Friends of Cave Creek Canyon from their website - August 2, 2020
  2. United States Forest Service website - August 2, 2020
  3. Southwestern Research Station website - August 3, 2020

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