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Rogers Lake County Natural Area
Rogers Lake County Natural Area 
Natural and Cultural Overview
Rogers Lake, its basin spanning over one mile across, is located in the Upper Verde watershed and is a regionally significant, high-elevation wetland important to numerous wildlife species, including elk, black bear, pronghorn, bald eagles, and migrating waterfowl. The area also boasts a rich cultural history and a wide variety of native plant community types, as well as sweeping panoramic views of the San Francisco Peaks, Woody Mountain, and Woody Ridge. The area has prehistoric sites and scatter areas dating back 5,000 years, in addition to old railroad beds and log structures from Flagstaff’s sheep herding and logging era.

After an eight-year acquisition process which began in 2002, the county acquired Rogers Lake in a public auction, held November 1, 2010. The acquisition was made possible with funding from the 2002 voter approved Coconino Parks and Open Space (CPOS) program and a 2010 Growing Smarter Grant, Coconino County, and allows us to protect and preserve 2,250 acres of land, including 1,400 acres of wetland. Coconino County Parks and Recreation collaborated with several agencies and private stakeholders throughout the process.

On Saturday, April 30, from 7-10 a.m., CCPR will host its 2nd Annual BioBlitz with a Bird Count at Rogers Lake County Natural Area.

Volunteers will help identify and count bird species at the wetland during the Northern Arizona spring migration. Not sure how to identify birds? No problem. Staff from CCPR, Arizona Game and Fish, and Arizona Audubon will be on hand to lead groups and help with bird identification during the event, held from 7-10 a.m. 

Volunteers will be helping with important baseline data collection and will contribute to citizen science efforts at Coconino County Parks and Recreation. Nationwide, volunteers who help with environmental data collection, also called citizen scientists, also help benefit environmental health by enhancing wildlife habitat on public or private lands or by donating money to conservation. According to a recent article in National Recreation and Park Association’s April magazine, “It’s been found that infrequent participation and stewardship of natural spaces is not because of a lack of interest, but because of a lack of know-how and empowerment to feel confident using these spaces appropriately.” Citizen science projects like the Bird Count at Rogers Lake are one way that people can get the know-how about their County Parks and be empowered to make change.

Anyone interested in volunteering should meet at Rogers Lake County Natural Area at 7 a.m., and bring a hat, sunscreen, snacks, and water. The hike will be approximately two miles round trip. Directions: From West Route 66, take Woody Mountain Road approximately 7 miles. Meet and park at the pullout on the right side of Woody Mountain Road (overlooking the lake), which is 0.4 miles past the brown Coconino County sign.

The Bird Count at Rogers Lake is also being organized as part of International Migratory Bird Day 2016, which features the theme "Spread your Wings for Bird Conservation" and focuses on bird conservation efforts worldwide.

BioBlitz 2016 Bird Count at Rogers Lake

Planning Your Visit

Rogers Lake County Natural Area is located ten miles southwest of Flagstaff on Woody Mountain Road / Forest Road 231. The road is not maintained in winter, and can be muddy in the spring and fall.

There are two small parking areas off Woody Mountain Road for the natural area, to access two multi-use trails. Bike racks will be installed soon, as well as a kiosk and maps.

Help us keep the forest and recreation sites clean, and practice "pack it in, pack it out". Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics has information on its seven principles, with tips like plan ahead and prepare, and dispose of waste properly.

The natural area offers two trails that introduce people to this high-elevation wetland. View the proposed trail topo map and read the descriptions:

  • Gold Digger Trail - 4-mile, single-track loop along east side of Woody Mountain Road; at the halfway point along the trail, users will encounter a shade ramada with rainwater collection feature for birds. This trail is in the process of being signed. Read the July 2015 story in the Arizona Republic!
  • 2-Spot Trail - 2-mile loop. This trail is in the process of being completed and signed. Users will also be able to experience wildlife viewing on a new watchable wildlife platform. Read the July 2015 story in the Arizona Republic!

State Natural Resources Award 
Rogers Lake County Natural Area Wins State Natural Resources Award
Coconino County Parks and Recreation was awarded the 2011 Natural Resources Award by the Arizona Parks and Recreation Association for the Rogers Lake County Natural Area.

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10 miles southwest of Flagstaff
on Woody Mountain Road / Forest Road 231
Flagstaff, AZ 86001

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