Ending today’s #mypubliclandsroadtrip in BLM Arizona with a the history and habitat of the Agua Fria National Monument
Just 45 minutes north of Phoenix, the Agua Fria National Monument includes an abundance of wildlife as well as geological and archaeological wonders. The monument’s water resources include the Agua Fria River and streams, creeks and pools that provide habitat for fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and larger wildlife species like deer, pronghorn, javelina and mountain lions. To date, 194 species of bird have been recorded.
The monument also contains more than 450 recorded archaeological sites, spanning some 2,000 years of human history. From the Pueblo La Plata site to the rock art located at the confluence of the Badger Springs Trail, visitors are encouraged to explore these sites but to help preserve them by not removing, defacing, collecting or further damaging any of the artifacts, structures or rocks. Given the unique features of the monument, it offers excellent recreation opportunities, from hiking to camping to photography.
Story by Michael Abalos, BLM Arizona; click photos for photographer credit