Badger Springs

Badger Springs

Our eighth trail for this year’s “Take a Hike!” introduced us to the Agua Fria National Monument.  The Badger Springs Trail, about 41 miles from Prescott, starts at an elevation of 3,150 feet.  The trail follows the Badger Springs Wash on a gentle, sandy slope for only 0.8 miles.  A water hole can be found in the canyon, elevation 3,050 feet, where the Agua Fria River flows.  Interesting petroglyphs are evident on nearby rocks.

On January 11, 2000 President William J. Clinton proclaimed 70,900 acres as the Agua Fria National Monument.  According to the proclamation, “The windswept, grassy mesas and formidable canyons of Agua Fria National Monument embrace an extraordinary array of scientific and historic resources.”  At least 450 prehistoric sites have been identified with four major settlements.  The area supported pueblo communities between A.D. 1250 and 1450.  This is also an important bird area where some 194 bird species have been observed. We are fortunate to have such an area close to us.

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