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Right off highway 93 in Arizona, most motorists cross the high bridge over the Canyon containing Burro Creek with barely a second glance. However, it is a prime wildlife area, as are most riparian zones in the desert. There is a fine campground managed by the Bureau of Land Management here, and the creek is very accessible for bird viewing and photography. The canyon runs for several miles to the east in a deep gorge
22 miles east of Kingman, Arizona is an exit to U.S. highway 93. Drive 48 miles south to a well-signed turnoff. The campground is located at N 34 degrees, 32.161', W 113 degrees, 27.008'
Birds you can see here include:
Great Blue Heron, Vermilion Flycatcher, White-crowned Sparrow, Gila Woodpecker, Cliff Swallow, Costa's Hummingbird, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Green Heron, Yellow Warbler, Phainopepla, Hooded Oriole, Summer Tanager, Mallard, Killdeer, Brewer's Blackbird, Red-winged Blackbird, Yellow-headed Blackbird, House Sparrow, American Robin, Common Raven, American Crow, Northern Mockingbird, Cactus Wren, Canyon Wren, Say's Phoebe, Hooded Oriole , and many others.
The usual Sonoran Desert mammals, such as Desert Cottontail, Black-tailed Jackrabbit, Antelope Ground Squirrel. The area is also rich in desert reptiles.
History and Use
Named after burros that are still in the area, the creek near the campground and to the east is mostly a natural area, with a 27,440 acre designated Wilderness Area to the East. There are cattle ranches downstream.
Areas of Interest
A small maintained cactus garden at the entrance is an excellent birding spot. The creek is nearby, with pools supporting waterfowl. Dense foliage supports many nesting passerines. The canyon to the east is quite scenic, and affords many more wildlife viewing opportunities. However, it is accessible only by rough-country hiking. There are no trails, and wading the creek is necessary at one spot, at least. Unfortunately there is considerable trash and debris from construction of the bridge directly under it. Further upstream the landscape is more pristine.
Access and Facilities
The campground has on the order of 30 basic sites (no RV hookups, but with tables and sunshades). Modern restrooms with running water, and camper water sources are easily accessible to all sites. There is a dump station near the entrance.
BLM, Colorado River District
Becky Heick, District Manager, Kingman Field Office
Ruben Sanchez, Field Manager
2755 Mission Boulevard
Kingman, AZ 86401
928-718-3700 / Fax: 928-718-3761