White Water Draw Wildlife Area | Established Campground

United States

Details

Verified:
2 months ago
Altitude:
1232.9 masl
Website:
None
Phone:
None
Contributor:
johanroos1961

Amenities

Electricity:
No
Wifi:
No
Kitchen:
No
Restaurant:
No
Showers:
No
Water:
No
Toilets:
Pit Toilets
Big Rig Friendly:
Yes
Tent Friendly:
Yes
Pet Friendly:
Yes
Sanitation Dump Station:
Unknown

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Description

Great place to stay! Near Tombstone. On a lake with a lot of crane-birds. Stay here with a few other campers. Picnic tables and toilet.

Organization operating this site is struggling with funding cuts. Please, consider it when visiting and staying there, regardless if birding or just camping. Donation can be made over web site (info available at the site).

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this is the overflow lot. basically a large dirt parking lot surrounded by open fields with mountains in the background. 1.5 mile washboard dirt road off Main highway. no amenities. quiet. I was the only one here. 2 vans drive thru but left. go past this entrance on the main dirt road about a mile n you come to the "campground." dumpsters, vault toilets n picnic tables. 5 or 6 sites. I stayed 4 nights. good Verizon cell.

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Circular arrangement around a pit toilet next to the wildlife area. Not a lot of room. Have been there twice and had a big rig looking for free camping squeeze in each time, crank up their generator and heater and watch TV instead of being outside and listening to the amazing wildlife. Go to the overflow camping if that is what you are going to do. Stop ruining it for those there to be outside.

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Amazing view of thousands of Sandhill Cranes. Sunrise is a particularly great time to see them arrive from all directions. Not much to add on the overnight camping except that it is OK to camp along the fence that connects to the day use parking. (We actually preferred this to the main sites circling the pit toilets.). Presidents Day weekend .... so it was kind of busy. None the less, a great spectacle to witness.

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Great place to see the Sand Hill Cranes. Small camping area, very quiet and safe. Space for about 20 rigs. 2 Bars Verizon LTE.

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Nice quiet spot for overnight stay. We missed the cranes by a few weeks, but there were thousands of yellow headed blackbirds last night making lots of wonderful sounds. No road noise. Good Verizon. Free!

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According to their website, 4 official spots for camping. Some more in the overflow area, further down the main road. The huge parking lot ( room for 20 rigs comment) has a 'no overnight parking' sign! Nice and quiet. The Sandhill cranes you can watch in fall and spring are the original pan am travellers: they spend their summers in Wood Buffalo NP in northern Canada.......

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Nice little spot. Wasn’t really expecting much, but it’s pretty neat. Couple spots with picnic tables and a bathroom. Popular birding area, so far just me and one other camping tonight. Lots of big ass mosquitos near the marsh. No fires allowed. Can stay 3 nights. Very peaceful with the sounds of birds in the background.

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Room for about 20 rigs. Maintained by volunteers. Please help keep it clean and nice. Great access to trails and birds.

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Parking area at Whitewater Draw. There are two parking areas here. A small one below marked no overnight, and a larger above where people stay. There are 4 "sites" but about 20 rigs stay there. Pit toilets, otherwise dry camping. Nice place for birders with thousands of sandhill cranes sleeping safely.

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Circular camping area with parking lot for bird watchers below. There are 4-5 actual camp sites, but room for more depending on the size of rigs there at the time. We arrived on a Thursday and after a walk around the trails were able to back up our truck and 25ft. trailer to take a spit another camper had left. It can be a busy place on the weekends for bird watchers during the winter months when the Sandhill Cranes are in residence. Early mornings and evenings being the busiest. Even if you are not a ‘bird watcher’ this is an amazing spot to watch the cranes come and go and take in the blackbirds evening arrival. We spent our allotted 3 nights enjoying the peaceful nights, taking walks and becoming novice birdwatchers! 3 nights out of a 7 day period is allowed at the actual campsite and there is overflow camping at the visitors centre 1 mile north.

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WARNING!!! Following Google coordinates took us south of 191 onto a gravel road through what looked like someone’s farm and a cattle gate before we realized it had changed the location on us. Not sure if that’s just my Google, but worth sharing. 50 minutes out of the way :/ will report but wanted to put on here too. Type in name into Google and takes you right to it. Main site was busy so came to overflow a mile away and only 2 of us here at 7pm.

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Worth the trip to see the sandhill cranes and the yellow headed blackbirds. The cranes come and go throughout the day, but the yellow headed blackbirds put on their show about 45 minutes before sunset. Pit toilets and picnic tables but no fires allowed.

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The is dirt and gets quite muddy and slippery after heavy rain

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Arizona game and fish wildlife viewing area

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Wonderful small camping area with four designated spots. Easy walk to wildlife refuge with great birdwatching opportunities. Pit toilets, picnic tables, and beautiful sunsets. Worth a side trip!

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Delightful area! Bird enthusiasts gather for photos sunrise/sunset. Pit toilets out of order, 4 porta pottys seem to be maintained well. Trash Dumpster. No water. Verizon 2 bars 4G service, At&t 4 bars 4G service.
Love the environment with Sandhill Cranes migrating through.

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Nice little free campground right next to the wildlife area. Has picnic tables, bonfires allowed, yes portapotties. There’s an overflow campground on mile down the road if this one fills up. The cranes and blackbirds are really amazing, worth it to wake up before sunrise to see them take off. Perfect stop for an overnight on your drive!

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Get here early for a spot no many available, circle camping, bathrooms only and bird watching.

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Designated camping area to stay 3 days within a 7 days period at Whitewater Draw Wildlife Area with 5 sites, picnic tables and a pit toilet. There are two more designated camping areas without amenities. The reason to camp here are the 10-30000 Sandhill cranes you see and hear in the McNeal ponds. Unfortunately the cranes are quite far away and the photo options are not good.

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wonderful, not sure if out of season or simply early but had the place all to ourselves. quiet.

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Prime draw is birding. Even now the numbers of cranes are in 100's, with no shortage of additional speacies.

We did stay one night, along with 6 or 7 other parties.

Some campers obviously staying put for extended period of time, creating shortage of space for other visitors......(we were told by volunteer present there).

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A Really nice place to Stay here. 20000 Cranes to See near by.
We had to Stay in a Pullout at the Beginning of the Area. The other Places where Full with oversized Rigs using all space.

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Free campsite. Pit toilets, tables and trash. Very quiet.

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Great place to stay! Near Tombstone. On a lake with a lot of crane-birds. Stay here with a few other campers. Picknick tables and toilet

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