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Rogers Lake County Natural Area
Rogers lake 
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.

Experience Watchable Wildlife Opportunities at Coconino County Parks and Recreation

Rogers Lake County Natural Area is one of 30 wildlife viewing sites within 30 miles of Flagstaff. Visit Arizona Watchable Wildlife Experience to plan your visit and to find other watchable wildlife sites in northern Arizona, including Ft. Tuthill County Park, Sawmill County Park, and Pumphouse County Natural Area

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.

Rogers Lake ViewConservation Values of Rogers Lake
  • Wildlife diversity and vegetation communities characteristic of an ephemeral wetland; 
  • Important habitat for bald eagles, waterfowl, and wading birds; potential habitat for Mexican spotted owl, Navajo mountain vole, Northern leopard frog, and other sensitive species; critical migration corridor for pronghorn, mule deer, turkey, elk, and black bear; 
  • Valuable 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; and
  • Striking vistas of the iconic San Francisco Peak as well as Woody Mountain. 

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