In the past two months while working on sections of the Sky Island Traverse I have been south of St. David more times than in the previous decade – and I love it! These sections have been a great reason to get to new areas – it seems like every time I get outside and explore I find something amazing – this section of the San Pedro was certainly no exception.
From Highway 80 at the Curtis Windmill a dirt road cuts west across Arizona State Trust Land into the The San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area, passes an old windmill and ends just short of the River. From the end of the road a small path wanders down to the river and then fragments – I work my way down to the River and smile at the shallow flowing ribbon of water!
The River alternates between flowing and dry (and sandy!) – cattle have obviously been here, but I don’t see any – I do see Vermilion Flycatchers, Great Blue Herons, small fish and a troop of Coati! The River is amazing but it is getting hot (very very hot…) so after a few minutes in the Contention Ruins Area (some information about the area) and a nice break I make my way back to the car.