AVIATLAS BIRDING HOTSPOT
Hannagan Meadows Recreation Area
Lon. -109.32400, Lat. 33.64200, Alt. 9,091 ft
Hannagan Meadow is also the home of Hannagan Meadows Lodge, an historic secluded property nestled in the Arizona White Mountains at an elevation of 9,100 feet. Since 1926, the lodge has been situated on the scenic Colorado Trail, high in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest—in the wilderness of Arizona’s Blue Range Primitive Area. Although isolated, the lodge is easy to find and offers acres of stunning trees, numerous wildlife species, a variety of activities in each of the four seasons and, most importantly, a peaceful retreat from everyday life.
When To Go:
From the Phoenix metro area, take the I-60 East past Boyce Thompson Arboretum, through Miami-Globe, and wind along the Salt River Canyon—otherwise known as the “mini” Grand Canyon—toward the town of Show Low.
Travel the 180/191 past a few blink-or-you-miss-‘em towns and eventually end up in Alpine, a quaint town featuring a single gas station (and tackle), as well as the Bear Wallow Café. Another 22 miles south, through curvy and forest-bordered mountain roads—a stretch of blacktop frequented by the resident elk—and travelers will find themselves in the middle of Hannagan Meadow.